Women in Engineering
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.
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>>
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.
"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."
- Dr Elaine Brown, Reader in Mechanical & Process Engineering
"STEM is about the promise of innovation, collaboration, problem solving and social responsibility. Women of all backgrounds are delivering on this promise every single day. So if you ever wonder if STEM is really for you, it most definitely is."
- Dr Mai Elshehaly, Lecturer in Computer Science
"If you have an interest in a science and you are good at it – pursue it and believe in it. Develop it into a passion and find out how others are pursuing the passion; be determined; own it; empower yourself and celebrate your talent. You can go all the way!!!"
- Dr Kulvinder Panesar, Lecturer in Applied Artificial Intelligence
"I think it's important for a diverse range of people to contribute to science and engineering so that the outcomes cater for the needs of everyone in society (otherwise we will end up in a terrible situation where car seat belts are optimised to suit the male physique and most people only recognise the typical ‘male’ symptoms for having a heart attack)."
- Dr Therese Sheehan, Lecturer in Structural Engineering
"There are many opportunities to do exciting, meaningful research in Science and all the Engineering fields. If you like problem solving and enjoy building creative solutions, then a STEM career is the right thing for you! Don't let stereotypes stop you pursuing a certain degree; we can change them only if we bring more diversity to our teams!"
- Dr Raluca Lefticaru, Lecturer in Computer Science
"Why let boys have all the fun? Girls need to be involved in the action and build the future too."
- Joanna Wood, Lead Engineering Technician
“Girls can be engineers, girls can be scientists, girls can be anything they like, so long as they study hard and have the interest for it.”
- Dr Bana Shriky, Postdoctoral Research Assistant
"I think there is still a sense that certain occupations and degrees are mainly for men but that is changing. I would encourage any woman to believe in themselves. The potential career opportunities are vast, with so many areas to gain employment and make a difference to society."
- Elzarie Le Roux, UG Student, Clinical Technology
"I was always a curious (not to say nosy) child and to use my curiosity for the greater good engineering, especial biomedical-engineering, was the answer. I was meant to do banking and it wasn’t easy to break it to my parents that I want to do engineering, especially that in Romania at that time this was a job for men, as my dad stressed. But I took the risk and proved that on that pathway I found a lot of satisfaction and happiness."
- Dr Cristina Tuinea-Bobe, RKT Business Development Manager
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 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).
Meet some of our team
Meet some of our students
- Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons)
- Biomedical Engineering MEng (Hons)
- Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)
- Chemical Engineering MEng (Hons)
- Civil and Structural Engineering BEng
- Civil and Structural Engineering MEng
- Clinical Technology BSc (Hons)
- Engineering Foundation Year
- Engineering International Foundation Year
- Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)
- Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)
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.