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University of Lancaster, Department of Engineering

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Who are University of Lancaster, Department of Engineering?

Lancaster Engineering Department offers IChemE, IMechE and IET accredited undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in chemical, electronic & electrical, mechanical, mechatronic and nuclear engineering. We have a strong interdisciplinary research focus and we work collaboratively with national and international industry towards finding engineering solutions to the global challenges affecting energy supply, healthcare, communications and infrastructure. Our engineering community comprises a diverse staff and student body who are enthusiastic advocates of our research and our research-led teaching ethos.


What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women's recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are University of Lancaster, Department of Engineering involved in?

Lancaster Engineering Department encourages and supports women in STEM in a variety of ways. We have an active local schools’ outreach programme and we use targeted recruitment and marketing to prospective applicants to showcase diversity in engineering. Our student/STEM ambassadors, as role models, are an important facet of our outreach, and we support them in that role through training. We encourage membership of Professional Engineering Institutions (the majority of our staff are members of one or more PEIs), and we have IET, IMechE and IChemE liaison role holders in the academic staff who promote PEI activity to our community.

We support our staff at all stages of their careers. On joining the department, academic staff become a member of a Research Group, made up of staff working in similar/related fields. Group Leads take an active role in developing academic staff within their group, supporting them to achieve their full potential in terms of teaching and research and in identifying training and development needs and opportunities. Staff receive peer/group/departmental support with development of their research plans, in research grant proposal writing, in review of published output preparation and submission, in networking and collaboration and in attaining professional membership of the Higher Education Academy. The department encourages staff to consider flexible working where appropriate, fully supports the AthenaSWAN Charter and is committed to providing a workplace where all members of our engineering community are able to thrive.


Why did University of Lancaster, Department of Engineering join WISE?

Membership of WISE has brought us a number of benefits; we have been able to increase our reach into the engineering, science and schools' communities; we have been able to access some very helpful and innovative resources; and through our membership, our staff and students have been able to join WISE as individual members, extending their professional networks and access to mentoring opportunities beyond the University.

Dr Sarah Green, AthenaSWAN Lead, Engineering

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