Webinar: International Women in Engineering Day
11am (Brussels, Berlin, Paris)
10am (London, Dublin, Lisbon)
Becky Corley (University of Strathclyde)
Jillian Henderson (Wave Energy Scotland)
Elva Bannon (Wave Energy Scotland)
Hannah Buckland (CorPower Ocean)
ETIP Ocean recognises and celebrates women in engineering for International Women in Engineering Day (www.inwed.org.uk) and organised a dedicated webinar on this topic.
The webinar featured three women engineers talking about their careers in the wave energy sector. The webinar presented the work being done to increase diversity and inclusion in the Wind and Marine Energy Systems Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Strathclyde. Through close collaboration with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), a complete review of recruitment practices has taken place and together with a pilot internship, showed that relatively small changes can have a huge impact.
Findings of the discussion:
- While the uptake of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in schools is becoming more gender balanced, the worldwide engineering workforce is still only 11% female.
- Recruitment processes can be altered by taking account of gendered language in job adverts and including a range of written and verbal activities. Making small changes to recruitment processes can make a big difference in terms of diversity and inclusion.
- Various social networks and lobbying groups exist which work to encourage and support women in engineering. These include the Women’s Engineering Society, IET Women’s network, POWERful Women, Women on Boards and the RenewableUK Switch List.