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Women in engineering partnership up for top award

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A University of Strathclyde partnership aimed at encouraging more women into engineering has been nominated for a prestigious award.

The Faculty of Engineering and civil engineering company BAM Nuttall have been short-listed for the UK’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Outreach and Engagement Award.

The team were shortlisted for joint initiatives in support of women in engineering, including an outreach summer school.

‘Engineering the Future for Girls’ is co-funded by BP and brings 100 school girls into the University each year to take on engineering challenges.

The partnership also runs a residential outward bound course within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

It is one of four finalists for the WISE award, with the winner to be announced this November at an awards ceremony in London.

Strathclyde project leader Dr Stella Pytharouli, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award.

“It is a recognition of the resources, time and team effort put forward by the Engineering faculty and BAM Nuttall to not only promote engineering as a future career amongst young women, but also help women already in this field to succeed.”

Kenneth Henderson, Divisional Director of Bam Nuttall said: “We are extremely proud to be selected as finalists for this award. 

"Our involvement in the outreach programmes with the Engineering Faculty has given many of our staff the opportunity to encourage young girls to become engineers and share their experiences of working in high performing diverse teams.  

"With this encouragement, we hope that many more women will consider engineering as an enjoyable and rewarding career”.

The annual WISE awards showcase exceptional women from the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors to celebrate diversity in the industries, as well as create visible and accessible role models.

 

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