The Loughborough’s Women’s Engineering Society
Nationally, the Women's Engineering Society, or WES, is a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. It aims to inspire and support girls and women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders.
Here at Loughborough University, WES has been growing in strength over recent years with a strong and proactive group of young women driving the opportunities for LU female undergraduate and postgraduate students across the engineering departments and schools. The society membership has likewise grown in recent years to encompass over 400 students across LU, with an active core of 50 to 60 women attending a range of events.
A typical year for WES will headline with the annual WES Careers Fair with companies attending and showing off their career opportunities for women engineers. Previous years have included presentations from Alstom, JLR, Bentley, Atkins and Dyson amongst other large reputable recruiters. Other events include attendance at national WES conferences, workshops and seminars dealing with professional development issues such as developing CVs and career profile pages on social and professional media such as LinkedIn.
Site visits to companies, and company staff coming in to talk to WES during evening social seminars provide orientation to industrial environments and career opportunities. An informal mentoring process where new students can routinely meet young women at later stages of their undergraduate degrees or studying for postgraduate degrees, is core to LU WES. And of course the social side has not been left behind, with dinners, parties and other fun events.
With the growth of LU WES has come a need for collaboration and involvement with other parts of the university. WES is now in the process of being affiliated with the Loughborough Student’s Union providing a wider support structure within the university. WES has also been involved with the development of the LU Athena Swan profiles in some of the Engineering Schools.
WES at LU is open to all new and existing female students on any engineering degree. Every year there are new opportunities to join the WES Committee to take part, help run events, and manage the society’s processes, or, to just join WES and have fun meeting like minded people who are all studying engineering of one sort or another and are looking for exciting career opportunities in the future.
More details on the WES website: www.weslboro.org.uk