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Women in Engineering


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

International Women in Engineering Day 2021

The Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and the University Gender Staff Forum hosted an event on Wednesday 23rd June from 10am to 11am to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day 2021.

The event was an ‘in conversation with…” type event and had two external speakers who both hold honorary positions within the Faculty of Engineering and informatics and also some students from the Faculty.

The external speakers were Dr Paula Palade (Honorary Visiting Research Fellow) who works for Jaguar Land Rover and Dr Naseem Ghazali (Honorary Visiting Lecturer) who is Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at East Lancashire Teaching Hospital.

View the event recording here>>

The event was covered by Yorkshire Post>> and the University news story>>.

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>>

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 #ENGINEERING HEROES!


International Women in Engineering 23 June logo

2021 - Bronze Award for Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and institutional Bronze Award

The University of Bradford has achieved two more coveted Athena Swan Awards, meaning it is a leading example in terms of ensuring women (and men in some departments) are properly represented in the workplace.

The new awards are: a new institutional Bronze Award and a Bronze Award for the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics.

More here>>

Athena SWAN Bronze Log

Stephanie Travers

Stephanie is an alumni of our Faculty (Chemical Engineering) and works in Formula 1 motor racing as Petronas Trackside Fluid Engineer.

Watch the video to learn more about her role.

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Careers in engineering are varied and multidisciplinary, and skilled graduates are in great demand.

Our engineering courses will help kick-start your career in the sector.

Applications are open now for September 2019 starts

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.