Join us for a Wikithon celebrating women in engineering

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On Wednesday 3rd April 2019, alongside our Women Like Me celebration, UWE Bristol will be linking up with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and Heritage Open Days to host a Wikithon celebrating women in engineering, and the WES Centenary year.

Extraordinary Women in Engineering: a WES Wikithon – UWE Bristol

Come and join us to develop your digital skills and learn more about editing Wikipedia. Help to celebrate brilliant women engineers by creating and improving their pages on the world’s favourite online historical record.

Complete beginners and experienced editors, all are welcome to attend – we’ll provide training for anyone new to editing. If you already have some wiki editing experience, we can help you improve your skills and learn a few new tricks. If you’ve spotted an article that needs improving, bring along your queries and we’ll see what we can do to help. Suggestions for articles to improve and create will also be provided, along with research resources.

Training will take place 09:30-10:00 with the Wikithon drop-in running 10:00-14:00. Please sign up for this FREE event on Eventbrite.

You are also welcome to attend the Women Like Me session on women’s mentoring running between 12:00 and 14:00; please sign up here.

Don’t forget to sign up to the Tech3Shed careers event!

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The Women’s Tech Hub~Bristol are hosting a careers fair in March, aimed at increasing diversity in the tech industry in the South West. Running on 15th and 16th March 2019, it’s free to all and all are welcome (but please be aware that it is a recruiter-free event). See below for more information from the Hub, and sign up to attend here.

The Bristol and South West tech industry is currently booming and we’re all aware that finding talent and keeping them has never been so difficult. We also know that careers change, people can learn and there’s a wealth of amazing people in the area who simply didn’t take up tech as an option. That, along with a variety of Universities, Colleges and training establishments in the area all creating talented tech graduates who we would love to stay in the region.

With all of this in mind we decided that we could help sort out some of these problems by working together so with the HBBWTHub and Desklodge we came up with the power of three, set out to curate a Careers Fair and named it Tech³Shed (everything is Bristol is called Shed so we thought we may as well follow the trend!).

We know that the best way of finding a great job, or finding a great team member is far easier in a relaxed atmosphere and through getting to know them. We also know that recruitment fairs can be intimidating and that the world of tech can be slightly confusing for those on the outside. So we decided that we would put the two together and run workshops to help demistify things, introduce trainers and other options to help get you into tech and invite our members down to chat to the candidates and show what they have to offer.

Please note that this is a recruiter free event, any recruiters found approaching attendees or exhibitors will be asked to leave.

For more details see


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The Event is for over 18’s – under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult and be over 14

Leaders Award online Engineering Extravaganza for British Science Week 2019

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The Leaders Awards are celebrating British Science Week 2019 by holding an Engineering Extravaganza in which they will hold two ‘Meet an Engineer’ interviews engineers every school day, starting from 8th March.

During British Science Week 2019 there will be two Live Online Engineer Events each day, available to all schools registered for the Scottish Engineering, Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Awards featuring:

  • Jenny Roberts a Mechatronic Engineer – Friday 8/3/19, 10.30 am-11.30 am
  • Gerry Ward – Manufacturing Engineer – Friday 8/3/19, 1.30 pm-2.30 pm
  • Iulia Motoc – Roboticist – Monday 11/3/19, 0.30 am-11.30 am
  • Mike Baldwin – Lead Mechanical Engineer – Monday 11/3/19, 1.30 pm-2.30 pm
  • Elaine Meskhi – Engineering Consultant – Tuesday 12/3/19, 10.30 am-11.30 am
  • Eleanor Davies – Structural Engineer and Women Like Me participant – Tuesday 12/3/19, 1.30 pm-2.30 pm
  • Yeff Karpuchenko – Mechanical Engineer – Wednesda 13/3/19, 10.30 am-11.30 am
  • Mike Jeschke – Materials Engineer – Wednesday 13/3/19, 1.30 pm-2.30 pm
  • Stephanie Alexander – Automotive Engineer – Thursday 14/3/19, 10.30 am-11.30 am
  • Lorna Bennet – Renewables Mechanical Engineer – Thursday 14/3/19, 1.30 pm-2.30 pm
  • Graeme Ralph – Manufacturing R&D Engineer – Friday 15/3/19, 10.30 am-11.30 am
  • Victoria Howells – Flight Simulation Engineer – Friday 15/3/19, 1.30 pm-2.30 pm

These events are expecting to very popular, so the Leaders Awards are recommending that schools who want to take part register their interest by emailing as soon as possible citing the relevant engineer’s name and your school name in the subject line of the email.

Read reflections on RAEng This Is Engineering Engagement event

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A recent event at our Women Like Me funder, the Royal Academy of Engineering, explored “the benefits and challenges of a more joined-up approach to inspiring the next generation of engineers”. 

Reflections on the event, and what an effective STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) engagement strategy actually looks like, are now available from The Engineer.

Header image: Royal Academy of Engineering on Twitter.

FREE event: Women Like Me – Boosting mentoring for women in STEM in the West of England

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As our Royal Academy of Engineering funded project, Women Like Me, draws to a close for this year, we are hosting a celebration event at UWE Bristol:

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

12-2 pm

1R26, R block, North Entrance, UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus


Sign up on Eventbrite

Women Like Me – Boosting mentoring for women in STEM in the West of England

The West of England is home to an impressive list of STEM industries, and all are working to improve participation for women in STEM. As well as recruiting more women into STEM, we also need to think about retaining our talented workforce. Mentoring Schemes can help to do just that, with research showing that mentoring from other experienced women is a key factor in creating a welcoming workplace culture.

This event brings together our leading players in women’s mentoring across the West of England, to explore how we can support each other and learn from best practice. Organised by UWE Bristol’s Women Like Me project for engineering mentoring, the network also connects with Women in Science and Engineering Bristol, the Women’s Engineering Society centenary and Curiosity Connections Bristol.

The event includes lunch and a keynote talk on women’s mentoring, followed by a workshop to develop further connections between mentoring schemes.

Please sign up to come and join us!

Sign your Pupils up to the Great Science Share

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Children from Years 4 to 8 from across the region are invited to share their own science investigations at the Great Science Share for Schools.

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The aim of the Great Science Share is to nurture kids’ natural curiosity by providing an opportunity for them to pose a scientific question, plan a way to investigate their question, and then share their investigation with new audiences.  This promotes child-centred learning as well as giving children a chance to communicate their projects in a non-competitive, inclusive environment.

You can read more about the Great Science Share, access the inspiration wall and find out how you can support your class’ project on the annual campaign website. So have a read and sign up your class to take part in the Bristol and Bath event on Tuesday 18th June 10-2 pm, hosted by UWE Bristol (Frenchay Campus, BS34 8QZ).

Scientists and engineers from STEM research and industry will also be attending the free event – there to be inspired by your children’s fantastic questions and ideas, as well as to display cutting-edge technology from their industries.

Entry: Each ticket admits up to eight children with two adults. Each class can apply for a ticket, so schools can bring different groups from multiple classes. Home educators are also welcome with group displays.

UWE Bristol is hosting the Bristol and Bath Great Science Share in association with Curiosity Connections Bristol, Bath Spa University, and the Association for Science Education West.

Originally posted by Louisa Cockbill on the Curiosity Connections blog, 22nd February 2019.

UWE International Women’s Day 2019 Celebration – Balance for Better

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To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, UWE Bristol will be hosting a series of talks and workshops around the theme “Balance for Better”.

There will also be stalls, a networking lunch, a choir and a raffle with all proceeds going to Refugee Women of Bristol and Womankind.

How to attend

If you would like to attend the free lunch please email to register your free place.

The event

Please see the information on the staff intranet or the public event listing for more details of the day.

If you would like a stall at the event pleased email who will be able to give you more details.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize for the event please email

Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) is the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which specifically targets the needs of refugee women in Bristol, they are directly governed by women of the refugee and asylum-seeking community. They provide services to disenfranchised groups over and above the generic category of ‘refugee’, and routinely reach cohorts of women that other service-providers overlook or are unable to access.

Womankind is an established charity that is run by women for women. They help hundreds of women every year to improve their mental health and well-being so they can experience a better quality of life. They recognise that the roots of our difficulties are often linked to personal life histories. They also recognise that the social and political environment in which we live affects our mental health. They work with women to understand individual situations and help them get the support they need.

Cost: Free
Contact: Anna Jones
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 87412

See Sarah Guppy and more for International Women’s Day

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UWE Bristol are supporting Show of Strength‘s production ‘Sarah Guppy: The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth’, all about the pioneering, but overlooked, female engineer. For International Women’s Day 2019, free 10 minute performances will be given at the City Hall in Bristol on Saturday 2nd May – see below and the Show of Strength website for further information:

Sarah Guppy — the first woman to patent a bridge and the first to formally design one. 

Missed her in November? Catch 10 minutes free on Saturday 2nd March when Sarah’s at The Council House as part of International Women’s Day.
10 minute shows at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. See full details here »

Engineer, inventor, campaigner, designer, reformer, writer, environmentalist and business woman – to name but eight. Born in Birmingham in 1770 – as the Industrial Revolution revved its engine – she moved to Bristol to marry merchant Samuel Guppy. Her other patents include a breakfast machine and an exercise bed. She had six children and married her second husband at the age of 66 – he was 31. 

She also mentored young IK Brunel with his – winning – entry for that Clifton Bridge Competition.

Well known Bristol actor Kim Hicks plays Sarah, Director Sue Colverd directed Show of Strength’s acclaimed Fanny and Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook, and the script is by Creative Producer Sheila Hannon.

This is part of a wider event hosted by Bristol Women’s Voice, who will provide free transport and creche spaces on a first come, first served basis. See the website for more details.

Construction News’ Inspire Me Bristol Workshop – 28th February 2019

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Construction News’ campaign, “Inspire Me” promotes the role of women as leaders in the construction industry. See below and the Workshops and Events page for information about the campaign and the next workshop, to be held in Bristol:

” to promote the role of women as leaders in the construction industry. See below and the Workshops and Events page for information about the campaign and the first workshop, to be held in Bristol:

Construction News’ Inspire Me campaign aims to promote the role of women as leaders in the construction industry and inspire future leaders and promote the industry as being gender neutral, welcoming of women in all roles.

The principle aim of the campaign is to empower women with the knowledge and confidence to advance their careers to senior positions within the construction sector.

To this end we are organising regional workshop sessions, with prominent speakers drawing on their own experience and success as well as best practice, to deliver indispensable career advice to women.

And what’s more, they’re free to attend for you and your colleagues!

Each workshop breakfast will provide an opportunity to:

  • Network with prominent diversity ambassadors from both inside of and outside the sector.
  • Learn and be inspired by industry leaders and peers.
  • Get inspirational and practical advice on how to progress your career.

Inspire Me Bristol Workshop – 28th February 2019

The first workshop is at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel and is focused on ‘language as barriers’ with sessions on gender-neutral job descriptions, inappropriate language and vocal techniques. 

Speakers will include

  • Susan Room, professional voice and executive coach
  • Rick Lee, chief people officer, Willmott Dixon
  • Andrea Singh, director of HR, BAM
  • Nick Langdon, chairman, CGL
  • Lizzie Featherstone, head of business information tools, Taylor Woodrow

Apply now for Royal Academy of Engineering Symposium: Inclusivity and Wellbeing in the First 2000 Days of Life

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The Royal Academy of Engineering (funders of our Curiosity ConnectionsWomen Like Me project) are to host their third Frontiers of Development symposium, Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th March 2019 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, outside of Cambridge, UK.

Ensuring good health and well-being, providing quality education and advocating for gender eqality are a few of the Sustainable Development Goals that will be explored, as the symposium looks at factors affecting (approximately) the first five years of life. Participants will look at actions to help future generations to survive and thrive, in a transformed environment, drawing on the UN Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) as a framework.

The sub-themes for the symposium will be:

  • Survive: Reducing child mortality – learning from the past and lessons for the future
  • Thrive: Reaching full developmental potential
  • Transform: Realising an environment for sustainable, prosperous childhood development

The event is being held with support from Wellcome. For further details and to apply to attend by the deadline of 11th February 2019, please see the Royal Academy of Engineering upcoming symposia page.