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What is putting girls off engineering?

A tweet caught my eye today linking to a blog from Barrie Weaver. A recent Royal Academy of Engineering report states that 50% of engineering graduates don’t go on into mainstream engineering companies and Barrie’s blog then suggests why that might be the case. Apparently, when researching where to apply for a job;  “I discover dozens of engineering companies presenting me…

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British Science Festival

Festivals and Events

The summer holidays may be over, but there are still opportunities to develop that all important ‘science capital’ for children. I first heard of the concept of measuring family science capital as a member of the ASPIRES advisory board – it takes in science-related qualifications, understanding, knowledge (about science and ‘how it works’), interest and social contacts (e.g. knowing someone…

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Blog May 15

Girls into Engineering? Read this first!

If you only look at one thing about Women in Engineering this year – I suggest you make it “Not for people like me.” I’ve been involved in promotion and campaigning for the past 25 years for girls in STEM, particularly engineering ….. so how are things looking? The Statistics on Women in Engineering (compiled by the Women’s Engineering Society…

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Bellingham Court

Bellingham Court – new residential block at the University of Hertfordshire

How would you react if someone asked if they could name a building after you?  My response to the University of Hertfordshire was ‘Ooh!  I’d be delighted.  Thank you.’  This week it has finally dawned on me what that means.  I was at a University dinner with Professor Quintin McKellar, the Vice Chancellor, on Friday, and he suddenly said ‘Oh,…

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DMU Hon Doc

De Montfort University Honorary Doctorate in Technology – 17 July 2014

Only three days after visiting Hull, I was in Leicester to receive another Honorary Doctorate, this time from De Montfort University in technology.  Quite a different occasion – but equally wonderful, and equally fitting for the graduating students and their family and friends.  This time I took along my husband and my niece called, slightly confusingly, Katie Bellingham.  (At least…

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