Charlotte Patrick from Surrey attended the Insight summer school at the University of Salford in 1988 while still at school and went on to study electronic engineering. She’s now a telecommunication research analyst and was invited back to inspire this year’s cohort of 50 schoolgirls which includes her own daughter Georgia who goes to The Royal School, Haslemere.
Insight (2-5 July) is in its 24th year and was set up to address the lack of women entering engineering and science professions. Students are recruited to the scheme by Headstart from UK schools as well as international schools abroad. It is run by the University’s School of Computing, Science & Engineering.
The residential school features lectures from female engineers, practical workshops, site visits and the opportunity to meet other young women interested in following an engineering career. All of the students stay on the Salford campus to get a taste of university life.
The Insight programme is run by Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk who was made MBE in 2009 for her services to encouraging women into engineering and science. She said: “There is still a serious shortage of women in the engineering profession, but through schemes like Insight, we’re beginning to turn things around.
“Having role models like Charlotte is extremely important for the next generation, so we’re really pleased she came back.”
Charlotte said: “It is great to be back – I remember my course very well and it was extremely helpful when it came to making a decision about what to study at university.”
Georgia said: “It has been very inspiring hearing about different people and their jobs within the engineering world.”
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