The Consortium Encouraging girls to consider science and engineering careers

Encouraging girls to consider science and engineering careers

14th November, 2011

The Consortium was one of the sponsors of the first ‘Engineering the Future’ conference held last week. The event, organised by St Mary’s Calne in association with the Girls’ Schools Association, aimed to encourage more Year 11 and 12 girls to consider a career in science or engineering.

The speakers included:

  • Broadcaster and former Tomorrow’s World presenter Kate Bellingham, who was recently awarded the UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award for Communicating Science, Engineering and Technology to Society
  • Science enthusiast Steve Mould, who is a regular at UK science festivals, GCSE Science Live and a member of Guerrilla Science which takes science to unusual places
  • President of the Engineering Professors’ Council, Professor Helen Atkinson, who represents engineering in UK higher education and is one of just 30 women – among 1400 men – to be elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

In addition to the main speakers, there were representatives from the world of engineering, who were able to talk to the girls about their own first-hand experience of working in this particular field.

Girls also received advice on career paths in science and engineering at a universities and careers exhibition at the conference, which was held at BAWA in Bristol and supported by Rolls-Royce and The Consortium. One of the highlights of the day was Brunel University’s Formula Student Racing-Car, which was brought along to the exhibition by their School of Engineering & Design.