Industry donation boost for women engineers

 November 16, 2016

The University of Sheffield has welcomed an industry donation to help boost the number of women engineers. 

To create a step change in the number of women studying and working in engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and AESSEAL, manufacturer of mechanical seals and support systems, has donated £50,000 to The University of Sheffield.

Stephen Shaw, Engineering Director at AESSEAL and Jon Hilton, President of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers formally made the donation at the Houses of Parliament where the University’s Faculty of Engineering launched Engineering Is, a campaign aimed at encouraging more young people to study engineering.

The shortage of UK engineers is a massive problem for the UK economy. Engineering companies will need 182,000 people per year with engineering skills in the decade to 2022 but there is a current annual shortfall of 55,000 skilled workers.

With only 9% of the engineering workforce being female, the shortage of women in engineering roles is even more acute.

The AESSEAL donation will be administered by IMechE over a two year period and will fund three key activities:

- inspiring primary-aged children to see engineering as an exciting choice by building on the resources developed by the University’s Women in Engineering Student Society

- removing barriers to engineering for female students who have not studied physics at A-level by trialling a 4 week pre-sessional physics catch-up course and ongoing tutorial support

- recruiting and retaining female engineering talent in Sheffield by helping female academics to progress to professorial roles through tailored support.

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