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WiSET Alumni Database

If you have graduated, or are due to graduate soon and would like to be included in the WiSET alumni database, please send your contact details to: wiset-eps@manchester.ac.uk We will then invite you to become a mentor to current students and/or speak about your experiences and represent your company at a future event.


Athena SWAN Bronze Award

SWAN Bronze AwardThe University of Manchester has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award. The award recognizes excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment in higher education and commitment to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in SET in higher education.


Would you like a Career Mentor?

There is now a specialist strand to the Manchester Gold programme, run by the Careers Service, for female students looking to enter traditionally male dominated careers. Lots of WiSETs industrial contacts have now become mentors!

Would you like to be a Student Mentor?

Would you like to help to interest and encourage young people (aged 15/16 years) from the local area to achieve their true potential and aspire to Higher Education by volunteering to be a Student Mentor?


Robogals come to Manchester

Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school. To find out more or volunteer see:



Springboard Women's Development Programme

Award winning programme for female staff. Originally designed for the BBC, the programme has now been successfully used by 180,000 women world-wide.

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Royal Academy of Engineering - Leadership Advanced Award Scheme

Royal Academy of Engineering 'Engineering Leadership Advanced Award Scheme for Undergraduates'








IBM Women in Technology Day


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In March 2011 five UoM students were selected to attend IBM’s Women in Technology Day. Following a presentation which dismissed the idea that IBM was solely about laptops, students were given an introduction to the company’s Smarter Planet projects, before being tasked to develop their own Smarter initiative.

Lab Test Manager Maria McDade, who will collect her 25 year service award next year, is the only female engineer at the IBM Manchester Lab; a fact she describes as ‘unusual’, with other offices averaging at around 40% female staff. “Diversity is high on the IBM agenda.” She says. “If we can’t reflect what our customer looks like, how can we do business with them?” She advises female graduates: “Go for something like technology. If you’re looking for a way to stand out and differentiate yourself, you have a lead. Diversity is a huge issue. It won’t win you the job, but you have a head start.”

IBM is committed to growing technical talent and retaining strong links with The University of Manchester. Maria McDade commented: “It’s the perfect place to be as a graduate; there’s so much opportunity and flexibility. You can travel, you can sit in the same office if you want to, or you can sit in your pyjamas and work from home.”

 “IBM is looking to change the way the world works,” she added, “and is investing both people and money behind that philosophy. Technology is great, but you need to use it to make a difference.  I’m proud to work here.”

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Rebecca Robinson wins national WiSE Excellence Award

Rebecca, who is a final year PhD student in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, won the award for her outstanding enthusiasm and commitment to encouraging girls into science and engineering. The award was presented by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. Rebecca has been a WiSET Student Coordinator and an ambassador in Widening Participation (involved in activities such as Girls in Aerospace, Physics Tricks, Maths Squad, Ice-Cream Fun and College Open Days) for three years. The Women into Science, Engineering and Construction Excellence Award is a national award given to a woman who is early in her career and has helped to raise awareness of science and engineering to girls and young women. Congratulations Rebecca!