The WISE Awards are to recognise and share best practice for attracting and improving opportunities for women working in physical science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
We are looking for those who are achieving significantly ahead of others in their sector and commitment beyond what is expected of your daily job/business/education activity. Our judges will also base their decisions on how a winner plans to use the power of their Award to continue making a difference, not just visiting your local school or university.
How to apply
You can nominate yourself, your organisation or programme, or someone else for the 2019 WISE Awards. You are welcome to collaborate on your nomination forms with colleagues, family or friends.
Download the nomination form which you wish to complete and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
The nomination form must be submitted by the 7 June 2019. Got more questions? See the WISE Awards FAQ section.
WISE Computing Award
Sponsored by Goldman Sachs
The number of girls taking Computer Science is flat, only one in eight of those gaining Computing A Level in 2018 were girls. On this trajectory, we won’t reach gender parity in A-Level Computing for over eighty years. We want to inspire more girls to want to work in this area. This award is for someone working in computing and technology who loves her work, can communicate her passion to others and will inspire others to follow in her footsteps, and take up a role or a degree in Computing.
Judges will look for standout achievements, contributions to successful projects, code and project quality and examples of innovation. We are looking to highlight a woman who has shown outstanding excellence in areas such as software engineering, computer science, data science or data engineering.
WISE Technician Award
Sponsored by The RAF
Over 1.5 million technicians are employed in the UK working across engineering, science, health and technology. They are integral to overcoming some of the great challenges of the coming years and decades, and yet many career paths are not visible to girls. We want to change this – to show the role model technicians in industry and healthcare as well as those in universities.
The purpose of this award is to raise the profile of a technician as a career path for girls who want a hands-on practical role. Are you a technician working in STEM who loves what you do? Will your story help inspire the next generation of technicians? You might be working in a business, a school, a university, a research institution or a hospital – wherever you work, if you love what you do and want to share your story with girls and women who might find their niche as a technician then nominate yourself, or someone you know, below.
WISE Emerging Technology Award
Sponsored by Lloyds Banking
Are you working with ground-breaking technology or producing products that could make a difference for the future? If so, this award is for you. This award recognises women’s contribution to tech which is exciting and new. We know women are under-represented in these new technologies. This award is to inspire more girls and women to get involved.
The Emerging Technology award recognises initiatives that push the limits across a technology, industry, or market where broad consensus agreements are not yet widely deployed or rolled out. We are looking for inspirational use of new technologies.
The award may be presented to an individual, start-up or company in from creators, champions that have advanced a new technology that is making a difference to people’s lives.
WISE Outreach and Engagement Award
Sponsored by Airbus
Judges are looking for exceptional outreach and engagement projects, programmes and campaigns which can show that they have inspired and enthused girls about STEM, especially those who would not previously have been interested. It is for organisations who can prove that what they do makes a difference to the number of girls choosing maths, physics and computing, and gaining a real interest in careers in STEM. We are looking to showcase projects which you can prove engage girls and could be replicated by others to make a bigger difference.
This award could be for an individual, group or organisation who are working to persuade girls to consider core STEM subjects as career options This could be an individual who has championed an outreach programme, for an organisation who have focused on this, or an educational establishment. This award is for WISE members only.
WISE One to Watch Award
Sponsored by Intel
Judges are looking to identify young women who are working to change the image of girls and women in STEM. This award is designed to identify and share stories of young women who are passionate about STEM and what they do – not just when studying or at work but in day-to-day life too. We want to hear stories of young women who are inspirational through what they have already achieved and what they hope to achieve through science, technology and engineering or maths.
This is our most popular category and we expect fierce competition – make sure you tell us why your nomination stands out! Nominees must be aged 25 and under on the date of the WISE Awards, 7 November 2019.
WISE Rising Star Award
Sponsored by BAM Nuttall
For a young woman in the earlier stages of her STEM career who has been identified as a potential star in her chosen profession. Judges want to hear from the next generation of trailblazers about how they will bring change to the STEM sector from within.
Nominees should be ages between 25-35 on the date of the WISE Awards, 7th November 2019, and the nomination should be supported by their employer.
WISE Man Award
Sponsored by AWE
This award is for men who are agents of change – improving gender balance in their organisation and beyond. Judges will be looking for evidence of their actions in education or industry that go beyond their day job and which have delivered results. He is also a champion who is influencing other men to improve gender balance in STEM, from class room to boardroom.
WISE Woman in Industry Award
Sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC
This award is for a woman who has reached a leadership role within a STEM role. We are looking to identify new faces who could be a role model to show women at earlier stages of their career what they can achieve. She will be inspiring to others and will have brought about significant success and change in her organisation.
Our WISE Woman in Industry will inspire others by showing what can be achieved and demonstrate to the wider industry the important contributions women are making. We want to know why!