What we do

What does the Women’s Engineering Society do?

Connecting – at one of our WES events, including the Annual Conference and Caroline Haslett Lecture

Participate – join your local cluster to meet other WES members, attend local WES events, hear local news and voluntary opportunities.

Personal growth – join MentorSET and become a mentor or mentee, participate in STEM Returners, a programme for returners and transferrers across science, technology, engineering and mathematics

  • Receive the latest news and insights straight to your door in our quarterly Journal or via our monthly newsletter
  • Get involved with WES Projects and WES Council
  • WES is a membership society. Be part of a wider network of female engineers

Is WES still needed?

Yes,  the number of women professional engineers in the UK is around 11% and possibly the lowest rate in Europe. The number of women in technical level roles, where job growth is greatest, is much lower.

There is still much to do to support engineering and technology employers to increase diversity and to enable women in the UK to take up opportunities in engineering.

Does WES really make a difference?

We think we do - International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) continues to raise the profile of female engineers.

Created and co-ordinated by WES, INWED celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and encourages more girls to consider engineering careers.

Our background work advocating gender diversity in engineering has made a difference to government policies.

How is WES supporting students?

With a sell-out annual student conference.  More and more student groups are affiliating with WES, creating a nationwide network of female engineering students.

Does WES get involved with schools?

Yes, we encourage our members to approach schools to speak about their career and maintain a publicly available list of female engineers who are willing to speak at schools.

What else is WES doing?

We offer awards to inspirational engineers, raising the profile of women as technical leaders.

We speak to the media and campaign to change policy where it impacts on women as engineers and STEM education.

2019 will be our Centenary year.  Throughout 2019 there will be events, projects and campaigns linked to our three themes: celebrating the present, remembering the past, changing the future. To get involved email comms@wes.org.uk

WES has rich history and we actively work to preserve our heritage and that of pioneering female engineers.  Find out more here.