Female engineers enjoy great careers at University of Sheffield

 April 20, 2017

The University of Sheffield aims to be the number one place for women to study and work in engineering.

Its Women in Engineering team is dedicated to increasing the numbers of female staff and student engineers and following recent promotions, 10.6 per cent of the professors in our Faculty of Engineering are female, significantly higher than the national average of six per cent.

In a 2016 Staff Survey, the Faculty of Engineering response to the question 'In my department there is a culture where all can flourish and succeed' was up from 64 per cent in 2014 to 73 per cent in 2016.

And 89 per cent of people responded positively to the question 'I feel that I work in a department that recognises and values diversity and difference'.

Linda Gray, Senior University Teacher at the University of Sheffield's Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering stated:

"I got into engineering through computer science. I studied computer science at University and my entire working life has been at the University of Sheffield. Initially I was working in computer services department but I moved into one of the engineering departments, Automatic Systems and Control Engineering. That brought me into the engineering faculty where initially I was writing software to meet the needs of the teaching staff in the departments."

"I worked with students creating software in the department and eventually I enjoyed working with them so much that my department retitled me as a University teacher. I then went on to teach software engineering, programming and systems engineering. I’m now Assistant Faculty Director for Learning and Teaching. My emphasis is the student experience.

"I like working in engineering because of the logic that’s required - that’s what attracted me to computer science in the first place. I teach an analysis of systems and problems where we break it down from the abstract to the very refined, looking at every detail and considering various parts of the system all fitting together. The parts of the system could be mechanical or electrical or software and then how they work together. The logical and analytical nature of that is very exciting."

Interested in joining these talented women in engineering? Then take a look at these current vacancies.

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