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University hosts budding female engineers of the future

Published: Tue 23 June 2015
University hosts budding female engineers of the future

To kick off our celebration of Women in Engineering Day (23 June), we recently welcomed 40 pupils to a session all about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The session welcomed pupils from Skipton Girls’ High School and Grootmoor Gymnasium in Hamburg. It included presentations and awards for the SAGE 3 (Skipton Anglo German Engineering) project, as well as a behind the scenes tour of the University’s award winning and highly sustainable Re:Centre, at the city centre campus.

Supported by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and The Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA), the SAGE 3 project joins students from England and Germany in an annual sustainable engineering competition.

This year’s task was to design a sustainable building, build a three dimensional model and give a presentation to the judging panel. The design parameters were set so that the students had to include facilities and amenities for modern day employees, customers, students or users.  The building had to be self-sustaining and energy efficient with the lowest carbon footprint possible.

As well as a model of their eco-friendly building, each team produced a presentation highlighting the principles and benefits of the EPEA’s Cradle to Cradle concept and slides showing an understanding of the Circular Economy set out by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

University of Bradford School of Engineering lecturers, Dr Amir Khan and Dr Therese Sheehan, judged the presentations awarding the main trophy for the overall winning team alongside a number of prizes and medals, including:

  • Public Speaking Award
  • Engineering Design Award
  • Anglo-German Collaboration Award
  • Cradle to Cradle Award
  • Best Overall Project Award

For Dr Therese Sheehan, Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University, inspiring women to take an interest in engineering is an issue close to her heart: “There is absolutely no reason for women not to succeed in engineering.  An engineering degree is an extremely valuable qualification, enabling you to not only attain the core technical knowledge of your chosen engineering field, but also to develop a wide range of transferable skills which you will use throughout your working life. If you are interested in engineering, just go for it!”

Alongside the parents of Skipton Girls’ participants, students and staff visiting from Germany attended the event to find out what the budding engineers had learned throughout the project.

Skipton Girls’ High School have an engineering specialism and a focus on personalised learning. Skipton Girls’ High School have an engineering specialism and a focus on personalised learning. Headteacher Jenn Plews explained: “At SGHS our passion is to deliver innovative and academic learning in an environment which is not constrained by gender stereotypes.

“We embrace every opportunity to encourage young women to enter into the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. This focus has led to a high proportion of students going on to study these areas at higher education and the significant involvement of business and industry partners in the work of the school therefore bringing context and real world learning to the curriculum.”

To find out more about Women in Engineering at the University of Bradford please visit our dedicated page.


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