All of us working for a better deal for women in science, engineering, technology and construction have lost a friend, leader and source of inspiration with the death of Ros Wall.
18 May 2010
Ros was central to the establishment of the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology and most recently held the role of Assistant Director.
Ros Wall will be remembered by all her colleagues and the women and organisations she worked with, as a dynamic and creative woman who was committed to transforming the cultures of education and the workplace, and empowering women around her.
During a career that spanned over 30 years, Ros worked as both a grassroots activist and champion, and successfully led high profile transnational, national and regional projects including the Let’s TWIST Project, the WITBE Project, and the two major ESF EQUAL JIVE Partnership Projects.
As a leader and expert practitioner in the field of gender equality, Ros was the driving force, vision and hands-on deliverer for many of the tools, materials and resources used by the UKRC and its partner organisations. Her work includes the innovative Let’s TWIST training model and a wealth of good practice techniques to encourage and support girls, young women, adults and returners – including taster days, access courses for women returners to education and work experience placements.
By bringing real understanding of the experience of women in learning and work in SET together with an unflinching commitment and belief in the possibility of change, Ros achieved remarkable and lasting results with employers and organisations in the sector at all levels. Building relationships of mutual trust and respect and developing the skills of others to take forward initiatives was central to her approach to the difficult and often challenging work.
Paying tribute to Ros, Jane Butcher, Assistant Director of the UKRC, said:
“Ros was a passionate and solid colleague and leader, guided by principle, experience and insight in her work to improve the position of women in science, engineering and technology and support real cultural change. The wider SET community has lost an individual of exceptional vision and determination, whose work we all seek to continue.”
Ros will be sadly missed. The thoughts of everyone associated with the UKRC and its partner organisations are with Annette and Ros’ family and friends.
A number of colleagues and associates attended “Remembering Ros” today at the UKRC when a bench was unveiled in her memory. The inscription reads “Ros Wall An Inspirational Woman”
Donations were sent to the Living Well Charity for women living with cancer which Ros helped to set up.