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The University of Bradford are celebrating on 11th February 2021 the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Women make up around 12% of the engineering sector in the UK. With a large skills gap looming and the need for a more diverse workforce, it has never been more important to inspire and encourage more people, especially women, to study for and to pursue a career in engineering.

A Royal Academy of Engineering survey showed that 80% of female engineers are either happy or extremely happy with their career choice, and 98% find their job rewarding.

The number of women working in the sector remains woefully low despite the good prospects - engineering students are second only to medics in securing full-time jobs and earning good salaries.

Female student using mechanical engineering laboratory equipment

Celebrating Women in Engineering at Bradford

Female staff and students are an integral part of the University of Bradford’s Faculty of Engineering and Informatics.

Women academics, reserachers and technicians in the Faculty are outnumbered by men, but by no means overshadowed. Each is an incredible ambassador for their subjects and an inspiration to the students they teach; students are the core of the Faculty, they inspire us and we motivate them to build a brighter future.

More women are choosing careers in engineering - read more here>>

United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11th February is the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

According to the UN “International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.”

This day is planned to recognize the contributions made by women and girls to advancing understanding in science and technology, with a particular theme for 2021 of Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.

A UNESCO Zoom Webinar will be held on 11th with speakers and a panel discussion. This will both showcase some of the work led by women in the fight against COVID-19, and highlight the often negative impact of COVID-19 on woman scientists and the related contribution to the widening of the gender gap in science.

Registration and programme details can be found here>>

Civil eng lab

The Faculty of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Bradford, in partnership with the University Gender Staff Forum, is marking the day by highlighting the stories of some of our students and staff, asking them why they chose to pursue scientific study and what they hope for the future of women and girls in science. 

We support equal access to scientific careers for women, noting that gender equality in science is important for the empowerment of women and also vital for humanity – we cannot achieve our potential if we allow barriers for half of the world’s population to be in place.  We need to utilise the skills, experience, and diverse input of all scientists if we are to benefit fully. More support is needed for women working in science, and more encouragement for girls to consider studying STEM.  Sharing our stories can help girls to understand why it is important, how they can personally benefit by studying STEM subjects and how their involvement can provide positive outcomes for others across the world.

UN Women and Girls in Science 2021

International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is an annual international awareness campaign, developed and coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and inspire younger generations.

It was established in 2014 as a UK-wide event, and went global in 2017. It takes place on 23 June annually: the anniversary of the foundation of WES in 1919.

This year's theme is #TransformtheFuture

International Women in Engineering 23 June logo

International Women in Engineering Day 2020 Event

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics in association with the University Gender Staff Forum and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team organised a Virtual Event on Tuesday 23 June 2020. The even was hosted by Dr Elaine Brown, FoEI and Chaired by Professor Udy Archibong, Professor of Diversity.

The event comprised of an exciting panel of female experts, external and internal, who shared stories, talked about their experiences of working in the engineering industry, and was followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

A video recording of the event is available here>> (Please note that the start of the event is at time 9 minutes 9 seconds).

#INWED20 #ShapeTheWorld

International Women in Engineering Day 2020 Event

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Inspirational alumna

Kate Hall, who studied Engineering at the University of Bradford (1992-1995), was Project Manager for Arup’s work designing the infrastructure for the London 2012 Games.

In this interview Kate tells us about her amazing experience on this iconic project, her time at Bradford and her passion for helping women get into Engineering.