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University celebrates International Women in Engineering Day

Schoolchildren celebrated International Women in Engineering Day 2018 with workshops and classes held at Leeds Beckett University. 

The event celebrated the significance of more females getting involved in the sector and shared the experiences of academics who have succeeded in engineering.

Josie Rothera, course director in the School of Built Environment and Engineering, said: “Women are under-represented in the built environment industry: stereotypes of hard hats and manual labour seem still to underlie most perceptions from young people.

“We had year 10 pupils come to the university from two Yorkshire schools.

“We wanted to provide a better understanding of the broad range of career options open to women. It was a fantastic day and a fitting celebration for International Women in Engineering Day.”

Students completed a series of tasks throughout the day – all with the theme of ‘Road to Engineering’.

There were also discussions led by industry speakers to provide an insight into the sector.

International Women’s Day is held each year to encourage more girls and young women to follow a career in engineering. It focuses on the amazing opportunities available to girls in the industry and comes under the patronage of UNESCO.

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