International Women in Engineering Day, on 23 June, focuses on raising the profile of women in engineering and highlighting opportunities for girls in this diverse industry. Here, the School of Built Environment and Engineering shine a light on some of the changes they have seen in the industry and recent achievements at the university.
Women's community hub wins National Design Challenge prize
The annual competition is organised by Engineers Without Borders UK, a charity dedicated to inspiring the engineering community to serve all people and our planet better than ever before. Over 6,500 first and second year students from universities across the UK and Ireland participated in the competition. The grand finals, held at the IET in London on 14 June, saw the top 37 teams pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges, with a team of four civil engineering students from our school winning the grand prize of a £2,000 educational bursary.
The future is bright for women in property
Huge congratulations to three of our students, Sophie Evans (Building Surveying) and Amy McAllister (Civil Engineering) who were nominated for The Women in Property Student Award and Eunice John (Architectural Technology) for Winning The Women in Property Award for Yorkshire.
Why diversity is important
There has been a significant commitment to upgrading and strengthening the built environment in the UK. This has been matched with funding promises stretching beyond 2021. To meet this pipeline of work, it has been estimated that we need 444,000 extra built environment employees every year for the next five years. The industry is not diverse and organisations would perform 15 per cent better if they were gender diverse.