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Nomination Form Questions

Nomination Form Questions

The nomination questions for all 2017 WISE Awards are listed below by Award category.

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New to 2017, ALL nominations MUST include a 1 minute video
If you were to win your Award, you would receive a day's work-shadowing with a leader from one of our sponsor companies. Tell us in a one minute or less video, what you would like to learn and why. Do not provide a link to any video longer than one minute as this will invalidate your nomination.

WISE Toy Award - sponsored by Thales
For the best toy or game for girls (up to age 11) to get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and maths. This is not an Award for educational games, it should be about fun and avoid the ‘smells of school’ test!
All toys will be tested by girls – and their parents. We will contact you to request a sample toy if you make it to the testing stage.

  • Why have you created this toy or game?
  • What market research did you carry out? And what insights did you gain that influenced the design, production, and packaging of this toy?
  • What percentage of girls vs boys play with this toy?
  • What sales have you achieved in the last three years – by volume and value?
  • What is unique about your toy or game?
  • How have you marketed this and why did you choose these methods?
  • Why is this toy encouraging girls to do science and technology subjects and careers? Can you back this up with evidence?
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to encourage more girls to take science and technology subjects? Please include target numbers and reach beyond your company’s normal activities.
  • What benefits have there been to your business, the community, your sector – or wider?
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to encourage more girls and women to do STEM apprenticeships (these can be in construction, manufacturing, science, technology, and engineering)? Please include target numbers and reach beyond your organisation’s activities.

WISE Talent Award - sponsored by AWE
Highlighting a recruitment campaign that has proved effective for getting women into science, technology, engineering, or construction – in jobs, board roles, apprenticeships or as students. Nominations could be from an individual recruiter or it could be for an outreach programme or advertising campaign, an employer or their recruitment partner, or a college or university recruiting women onto STEM courses or jobs – from technicians to academics. We are looking for best practice which could be replicated and nominees must show results in terms of above industry average applications from women, shortlist and hire ratios.

  • What problem or challenge was this recruitment campaign addressing?
  • What research did you carry out and how did you use the insights to design your campaign?
  • What setbacks did you have and how did you overcome them?
  • What were the nuggets that made your campaign a success? How could other organisations replicate what you have done?
  • What impact have you had – please give data and show percentage changes. How does this compare to the average for your sector?
  • What benefits have there been to your business, the community, your sector – or wider?
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to spread good practice and drive up standards in your sector? Please include target numbers and reach beyond your organisation’s activities.

WISE Apprenticeship Programme Award - sponsored by Aveva
For WISE members with the best apprenticeship programme for women’s recruitment, participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing, or other apprenticeship framework where women are in a minority. We are looking for best practice which could be replicated and nominees must show results in terms of above industry average starts and completions of women.

  • Tell us about your apprenticeship programme
  • What research did you carry out and how did you use the insights to inform your approach?
  • What setbacks did you have and how did you overcome them?
  • What were the nuggets that helped you to attract and retain women on your apprenticeship programme? How could other organisations replicate what you have done?
  • What impact have you had – please give data and show percentage changes. How does this compare to the average for your sector?

WISE Employer Award - sponsored by BAM Nuttall
For a WISE member organisation evidencing great things. Nominees must demonstrate progress in gender balance at all levels and above industry averages. We are looking for best practice which others could replicate to make similar progress in their own organisation

  • What percentages of women work in your UK organisation– and how do these compare to your industry averages?)
    • Entry
    • Technical
    • Management
    • Board
  • What has your company or organisation done to achieve this success? What research did you carry out and how have you used these insights to change what you have done?
  • What setbacks have you had and how have you overcome these?
  • What are the benefits to your business or organisation – and wider?
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to help other organisations achieve similar success? Please include target numbers and reach beyond your company’s normal activities.

WISE Man Award - sponsored by MBDA
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. We are looking for champions who are influencing other men to improve gender balance in STEM, from classroom to boardroom.

  • What problem or challenge were you addressing?
  • What research did you carry out and how did you use the insights to design your activities?
  • What activities have been within the remit of your job/s and what have been additional?
  • What setbacks have you had and how have you overcome them?
  • What were the nuggets that made your activities a success? How could other men (and women) replicate what you have done?
  • What impact have you had – please give data and show percentage changes. How does this compare to the average for your sector?
  • What benefits have there been to your business, the community, your sector – or wider?
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to increase the number of men taking action to improve gender balance in science, technology and engineering? Please include target numbers and reach beyond your company’s normal activities.

WISE World Award - sponsored by Babcock
This category is for nominees who are making a difference to society and have an inspirational story which will capture the imagination of girls; showing them that through science, technology and engineering they could make a difference, not only to people’s lives, but also influencing big societal challenges like the environment, food production, safe transport, and cybercrime.

  • What product, service or campaign have you created to make a difference to the world? How does it involve STEM?
  • Why is it making a difference? How are you measuring the impact?
  • What inspired you to do this? What research did you carry out and how did you use these insights?
  • Why will it inspire girls – please quote any relevant evidence?
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to inspire more girls and women to work in science, technology, and engineering careers? Please include target numbers and reach beyond your normal activities.

WISE Tech Innovation Award - sponsored by Goldman Sachs
Are you a woman or female team working in a tech start-up, open source, gaming, cyber security, web development or for an app. Nominations are welcomed from individuals or a team or project. Judges will be looking for an emphasis on creativity and innovation in the use of technology that will inspire other women to follow your example.

  • How has technology been used in your business or product?
  • What inspired you/your team to create this? Did you see a particular opportunity or were you solving a problem? If so what was it?
  • Who are the key people involved in starting this – what is their background in STEM (if there is no STEM background, that is still fine!)? What are their qualifications?
  • What impact have you had – financially and other measures?
  • What research did you carry out and how did you use these insights?
  • Why will your story inspire girls and other women – please quote any relevant evidence?
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to encourage more girls t to do computer science, coding, and technology? Please include target numbers and reach beyond your normal activities.

WISE Technology & Engineering in Health Award- sponsored by the Chief Scientific Officer at NHS England
This Award champions a woman who uses science, technology, and engineering to improve health. Judges will be looking for evidence of collaboration between health and other sectors/industries. Nominees are asked to present evidence of the health advances delivered through technology, physics or engineering in patient care, treatment or diagnosis, and to demonstrate how these advances link with the wider picture of scientific and technological innovation.

  • What is your technology-based health product to improve patient care, treatment or diagnosis?
  • What inspired you/your team to create this? What was the problem or challenge that you are addressing?
  • Who are the key people involved in starting this – what is their background in STEM and what are their qualifications (if there is no STEM background, that is still fine!)?
  • What impact have you had – e.g. numbers of patients helped?
  • Tell us about accreditations, funding and/or quality standards that you have achieved. And any endorsements from doctors, nurses, patients, carers, or health bodies
  • Why will your story inspire girls and other women to choose science, technology, and engineering careers – do you have any evidence?
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to encourage more girls and women in science and technology careers? Please include target numbers and reach beyond your normal activities.

WISE Woman in Industry - sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC
For a woman in a STEM career and in a leadership role, but not necessarily on a board. You will have broken through the glass ceiling and will inspire others by showing what it is possible to achieve. You may have occasionally appeared in the media or spoken at industry events, but not received honours and are not widely known in business or the media. We are looking for new faces who could sit on boards, be a speaker and will be a role model to show women at the early stages of their career what they can achieve.

  • Tell us a bit about your STEM career and what your role involves now.
  • What challenges have you faced in your career path and how did you overcome these?
  • When did you decide, you wanted to reach the top? Who helped or inspired you?
  • Can you identify ‘three nuggets’ in your career that have been critical to your success – and might help other women to progress in their careers?
  • What difference have you made to your business?
  • What have you done to help and encourage other women in and beyond where you have worked? What impact has this had – please include numbers of women you have influenced
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to encourage more girls and women in science and technology careers? Please include target numbers and reach beyond what you are already doing.

WISE One to Watch Award - sponsored by Intel
We are looking to identify young women aged 21 and under on the date of the Awards, 9 November 2017, who are trailblazing and will light a fire under the next generation. The Award is designed to identify and share the amazing stories of girls and young women who are passionate about science, engineering, maths and technology and good at what they do – particularly girls who would not otherwise have thought STEM was for them. We will have ten finalists and choose the winner via audience participation on the night of the Awards. This is our most popular category and we expect fierce competition. You need to tell us why your nomination stands out

  • Tell us a bit about your STEM career or education and what your role involves now.
  • What challenges have you faced in your educational or career path and how did you overcome these?
  • When did you decide you wanted to work in science, engineering, technology or construction?
  • Can you identify ‘three nuggets’ in your career that have been critical to your success – and might help other young women and girls who want to follow in your footsteps?
  • What are you doing to change the image of girls working in science and technology? Tell us about what success you have had and how you measure this
  • If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to encourage more girls and women in science and technology careers? Tell us how many girls you plan to reach, describe their backgrounds and how you will persuade them to choose science, technology, or engineering. We are looking for more than visiting your old school!

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