Herstory - Inspiring Engineers
We aim to work with a wider audience to highlight the benefits of engineering careers through providing a bespoke information resource including:
* A broad range of female role models outlining how they made sense of available options and arrived at choices to suit them
* Perspectives from Engineering Lecturers on what to expect
* Views from a wide range of employers on what they look for in graduates/ placement students
* An interactive forum to facilitate communication between potential and existing students and women working in engineering. The WiSET team already facilitates this on an informal, one-to-one basis and provides role model training for students, but this resource will reach increased numbers and have a broader range.
Working with local employers, engineering colleagues at SHU and other HEIs who are already gender-aware, role models will be identified to illustrate how they navigated their way through the sector 'labyrinth'. Some will be interviewed by school girls ensuring that language used is appropriate. As a new university, Sheffield Hallam has a clear focus on widening participation and has consistently exceeded HEFCE targets with 17% of students coming from low entry categories and 7% above the benchmark participation level (HESA, 2009). The cohort on which we will draw as case studies will therefore highlight a range of issues of relevance to our target audience. Through workingclosely with engineering lecturers in all partner HEIs including SHU, we aim to identify barriers to participation and highlight and support the embedding of good practice.
* Positive impact on the numbers of females entering and progressing in engineering
* Information targeted at hard-to-reach schools and communities
* Enhanced and sustained relationships with employers, professional bodies, colleges, training providers (The team already work closely with Mott McDonald, Forgemasters, Corus, The Welding Institute, Symmetry Medical, Sheffield Engineering Centre, ICE, CIBSE etc)
* Information to support progression for females at all stages of their careers
* Enhanced awareness of 'different' and new areas of engineering (e.g. sports engineering, materials engineering)
* Shared best practice in identifying and overcoming barriers to recruitment and progression within regional and UK HEIs
If you wish to know more about this project, please contact the Programme's Engineering team at HESTEM@raeng.org.uk with Reference Number: FP036 OCT2010.