The great news is that the UK is on track to have 1 million women working in core STEM roles by 2020
There are over 900,000 women working in STEM currently and an estimated 200,000 women with STEM qualifications will reach working age within the next 2 years. We announced this at the 2018 WISE Awards presented by our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
In her welcome speech, HRH The Princess Royal, called upon the audience for continued action to reach the goal to ensure that not only women do not lose out on the great opportunities, but that industry does not miss out on the contributions that women can make. She Said it is commitment to action, which will open up new opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Our annual Awards recognise inspiring individuals and organisations who are actively working to promote STEM to girls and women and drive change. Costain, Plusnet, Network Rail and BAM Nuttall were represented by those who collected Awards last night. We recognised many inspiring stories and organisations. We are now calling on you, our members, to let us know about speaking opportunities and platforms that will help share their inspiring stories.
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Wing Commander Glynis Dean
Tribute to a life-long champion of girls in STEM
Wing Commander Glynis Dean, who retired last month, actively championed girls in STEM throughout her career. Having co-authored a report on the representation of women as a recruitment challenge for the RAF in 2007, Glynis was the driving force behind WISE residentials – a week-long work experience for 14-19-year-old girls. An independent evaluation of the programme found that 63% of girls continued with a STEM qualification after attending. 100 girls enjoyed a week at RAF Cosford in August, as part of the RAF100 celebrations.
We were honoured that Glynis chose the WISE Awards as her last event in uniform, announcing the winner of the inaugural WISE Technician Award, sponsored by the RAF.
Join the WISE Young Professionals' Board
For the first time ever we are accepting applications from men as well as women. The change acknowledges that men and women are needed to ensure gender balance in STEM. To be eligible, the applicant needs to work for an organisation who are members of WISE, and need to be under 30.
Unleashing your skills for the world of STEM
by Nadia Earl, WISE Young Professionals’ Board Member
It’s interesting to me how the paths we take can seem normal to us. It wasn’t until I began my career at a large pharmaceutical company, fresh out of university, that I realised some of the barriers young women face when looking for work in STEM subjects...
Measuring Progress with the Ten Steps webinar
This invitation-only webinar for WISE Ten Steps signatories will take place on 27 November. The event gives practitioners from signatory organisations the chance to share in benchmarking and discussion around progress with the Ten Steps and is suitable for those who were unable to attend the in-person event in October.
WISE KSE: Women in Innovation
WISE member 3M is kindly hosting the upcoming WISE Knowledge Sharing Event: Women in Innovation at its Innovation Centre in Bracknell on 31 January. There will be insights from WISE members 3M, AWE and ARM on the challenges faced in fostering inclusive innovation ecosystems in which both men and women thrive. This knowledge sharing event is for Core level and above WISE members.
Tapping all our Talents report
A new Royal Academy of Edinburgh report has called for action to ensure the percentage of female STEM graduates entering STEM professions is equivalent to that of men. Tapping All The Talents also recommends that all university STEM departments achieve a level of Athena SWAN Silver.