University of Sheffield becomes a Women in Engineering Society educational partner
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield has entered into an Educational Partnership with the Women's Engineering Society (WES), further solidifying the Faculty’s commitment to build an inclusive community that actively attracts a diverse range of people from academics, support staff and students to achieve their potential.
The Faculty of Engineering's Women in Engineering initiative has been in force since 2011 and since then the faculty has seen an increase in female student applications; made a commitment to the Athena Swan charter resulting in seven engineering departments achieving bronze or silver awards; continual career progression of female academics to professorship as well as supporting outreach and widening participation activities.
Professor Gwen Reilly, Faculty Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Sheffield said: “We are thrilled to be partnered with WES as it will be an opportunity to address the gender skills shortage in this country and further promote women in engineering, not just as Sheffield, but across the UK. Our main focus is to increase the proportion of female engineers, addressing the current drastic under-representation but we believe that diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact in our research and teaching and enhances the experience of our students.”
Engineering at Sheffield
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield is one of the biggest in the UK. With seven departments and three interdisciplinary programmes covering all the engineering disciplines, over 5,000 students, 950 staff and £77m annual research-related income from government, industry and charity, it is one of the best institutions in the world to study or do research in engineering.
The Faculty has a long tradition of working with industry, including Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and Siemens. Its industrial successes are exemplified by the award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC). Partnered with the Faculty, this collaboration between industry and academia has become a model for forward-thinking research centres worldwide. www.sheffield.ac.uk/engineering