Why does it matter?
The opportunity to do good things for society and the world has never been greater. We're in the midst of creative and innovative times and society deserves to have input and perspective from both males and females. Research shows that more diverse teams create better solutions; more diversity equals more creativity.
Where we are now
- Currently women make up less than 11% of the engineering sector, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe [source] | [source]
- Only 15.1% of engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK are female and this has remained static since 2012 [source]
- Only 20% of A level physics students are girls and this has not changed for 25 years [source]
- Just 17% of those working in technology are women, however 55% of Twitter and Facebook users are women [source] | [source]
- Only 12% of students taking computer science A level are girls [source]
- Just 5% of leadership positions in the technology sector are held by women [source]
- Engineering is the most common undergraduate degree of the Fortune 500 CEOs [source]
What we're doing at LJMU
Within LJMU's Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) we're proactively addressing the gender imbalance. Recently we've been holding women-focused events, please see below for details.
If you'd like to get involved in any FET events, please contact Caroline Arnold.
International Women In Engineering Day
International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is an international awareness day on 23 June to support, inspire, celebrate and raise the profile of women in engineering. In celebration, the Faculty of Engineering and Technology held a discussion panel at our Open Day on why we need more women in engineering. Panellists included alumni, students and women from industry.
This year's event is due to take place on 21 June at LJMU, find out more.
International Women's Day
FET celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March and held a panel discussion to celebrate to wonderful things women in engineering and technology are doing to help diversify the sector. Panellists included:
Louisa King, Black & Veatch
Louisa, a Civil Engineer and LJMU alumni, has been named as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2018 and the ICE President's Future Leader for 2017/2018.
Emily Cotter, InnovateHer
InnovateHer is a social enterprise launched in 26 schools across the North West which aims to improve equality in tech and address the digital skills gap.
Ellie Harkins, Liverpool John Moores University
Ellie is the Deputy Team Manager of LJMU's successful e-Racing team which builds an electric powered single seat race car to compete in the Formula Student competition.
Lizzy Parrot, Liverpool John Moores University
Lizzy is a PhD student in the LJMU Drone Research Group and the North West Regional Finalist STEM Rising Star for Forward Ladies.
Philippa Glover, CNC Robotics
Philippa works in Strategy and Development for CNC Robotics, a local SME that provides innovative solutions in the area of integrated industrial robots.
Innovate Her Wiki-edit-athon
We teamed up with InnovateHer and Stemettes to host their first Liverpool Wiki-edit-athon. A Wiki-edit-a-thon is a bit like an editing marathon. We worked through a backlog of Wikipedia pages to help improve the coverage of women and diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) on Wikipedia. In 2011 only 10% of wiki contributors were female and in 2018 only 17% of entries on the online encyclopedia were about women.
Whether it’s for aerial photography, search and rescue or a delivery service, drones have a huge range of application and are at the cutting edge of technological development. This event introduced year 12 girls to drone technology like they’d never seen it before, taking a look at the components that make up the many shapes and sizes of these amazing devices. The event also looked into many of the applications that drone technology is currently being used for while taking a look at different examples from our own Drone Research Group.
In the news...
Check out these good news stories that celebrate women in engineering and technology.
- Sophie Harker: Young Woman Engineer of the Year
- Karen Uhlenbeck is first woman to win prestigious maths Abel prize
- Louise King, LJMU alumni, named Top 50 Women in Engineering 2018
- Dr Renske Smit is the latest researcher to join the Astrophysics Research Institute
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