Engineering Imagination Day at University of Sheffield

Engineering Imagination Day at University of Sheffield

 June 23, 2017

The city of Sheffield has a long history of encouraging women into engineering. During both World Wars, thousands of women were conscripted to work in the factories and steel mills to keep them running whilst the men were away fighting. The University of Sheffield is still inspiring girls and women into the sector through its inspiring event Engineering Imagination Day.

Where will your imagination lead you?

Some of history’s greatest inventions; electricity, medicine and the mobile phone - all came from somebody’s imagination. Sheffield University believes that an imaginative child will become an imaginative adult, likely to create, invent and possibly change the world. Exhibitions have taken place across the engineering discipline; from robots to candyfloss, a giant construction of a tetrahedron to virtual reality, with students and staff on hand to explain the science part to children and adults alike.

International Women in Engineering Day

The event is supported International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), and was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. The aim of the day is to celebrate the work that women in engineering do, and to showcase the great careers that are available for girls.

Dr Gwen Reilly, Director of Women in Engineering at Sheffield, said “Engineering at Sheffield hold a number of events throughout the year aimed at introducing students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and encourage them to see it as a realistic option for them and their future. Women are currently underrepresented in engineering, which is something that leads to a loss of talent and innovation, our Women in Engineering Initiative aims to redress this gender imbalance by challenging perceptions of engineering, which can act as a barrier to women entering the field.”

Actively encouraging girls into STEM careers

For the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering, the University held a panel discussion with five female staff, students and alumna to discuss their experiences and how they became engineers. Each member of the panel came into engineering from a different route; one started out as a geologist, one came from geography and one just stumbled into the wrong lecture theatre at the right time.

To find out why engineering is a great choice for women, visit the University's "Wall of Women" to view their profiles and videos at

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