Date published: June 15, 2016
Free event set to address underrepresentation of women in engineering
While women represent 15.8% of engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK, only 9% of the UK engineering workforce are women.
This underrepresentation amongst women is set to lead to a projected shortfall of 5,000 engineering professionals in the North West by 2022. This shortfall poses many questions for the industry that are set to be answered at a special free event on Thursday 23rd June.
Entitled “What responsibility does industry have to encourage and support women in engineering?” this discussion will take place on National Women in Engineering Day and ask how industry and universities can work together to address this shortfall, as well as questioning if the industry has a responsibility to support female graduates.
The event featuring a panel of experts from the industry and academia will take place in the Lady Hale building. There will also be canapes and drinks served at a reception hosted by University Registrar Alison Blackburn.
Our University has recently announced plans to transform our Newton Building, home to the school of Computing, Science and Engineering, and will talk further about its plans to help address the shortfall of engineers in the UK.
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