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Ulster University’s female students sail off with bronze swan

The course portfolio at Ulster University’s School of Engineering includes MEng and BEng Hons programmes in mechanical, mechatronic, electronic, biomedical and engineering management disciplines – all of which are professionally accredited and include an integrated placement year in industry.

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Postgraduate programmes in manufacturing management, composite materials and biomedical engineering are also offered. Within Ulster University, the School of Engineering and the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems have received Athena SWAN Bronze awards, (a UK movement created to inspire young women to study and pursue STEM careers), acknowledging their work to help support women into engineering careers. “These awards underline the faculty’s continued commitment to doing its part in inspiring and attracting the next generation of women to engineering and to other STEM disciplines,” notes Dr Margaret Morgan, the Athena SWAN Champion in the School of Engineering. “Regardless of the STEM course followed, Ulster University graduates are work ready, with the knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial drive to compete professionally within key growth sectors.”

Promoting STEM careers

In line with the University’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles, it regularly holds events to promote the exciting and rewarding career opportunities in STEM. For example, last year the University held an Engineering Bright Futures symposium to mark Ada Lovelace Day. During the event, schoolgirls got hands-on with innovative technologies in 3D printing, tissue engineering, composite materials and environmental science that demonstrated in a practical way the real life applications of STEM in our everyday lives. The girls also heard from a line-up of female role models at different stages of their STEM careers including a quality engineer, a KTP associate and a mechanical engineering final year student. This October the University held a conference entitled Gender Equality in STEMM*: The Future is Bright, designed to showcase the innovative practice underway in the sector to encourage women and girls into STEM careers and transform workplace culture.

Transforming workplace culture

The event brought together over 120 delegates including researchers, policy makers, educators and industry leaders. There were keynote addresses from Professor Curt Rice, Head of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research, Gillian McColgan, Chief Technology Officer, Marquis Technologies and Dr Anke Lipinsky, Scientific Associate, Center of Excellence Women and Science, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

*Science Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine.