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Abertay celebrates achievements of Scotland's female engineers

17 June 2016

Women in engineering_main

A day celebrating the achievements of Scotland's female engineers will take place at Abertay University this Thursday (23 June) to mark National Women in Engineering Day 2016.

The annual celebration was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2014 to mark the organisation’s 95th anniversary, and it has gone from strength to strength.

The aim is to raise the profile of female engineers within society, and the event “Gender Balance – Building the Future” at Abertay will be an opportunity for people in Dundee to hear inspiring stories from some of Scotland’s leading women working in this field.

It will also be a chance for more people – particularly girls – to find out about the exciting range of careers that are available within the industry.

Dr Rebecca Wade, who has organised the day’s activities with engineering colleague Dr Margi Vilnay, explains:

“Here at Abertay we have three women on our engineering staff, but the profession is still viewed as a male-dominated one and few female students consider civil engineering as a career option – despite getting the appropriate qualifications at school, such as maths and science.

“This year we have seven female students graduating out of almost 40, but some years we have none, so part of the reason we’re marking National Women in Engineering Day is to inspire more girls to apply.

“There are excellent career opportunities in engineering all over the world, including right here in Dundee – just look at the new V&A and railway station that are being built! We’ve had both male and female students working on these projects as part of their three-month work placement this semester, and these kinds of opportunities are open to everyone – male and female – who comes to study with us.

“Women make great engineers and there are some fantastic jobs out there for the taking, so we want to make sure that the next generation know about them, have the skills and knowledge to be able to apply for them, and are aware that they are more than capable of doing any engineering job.”

Gender Balance – Building the Future” will take place at Abertay University from 2.30pm to 5pm on Thursday 23 June.

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend this free event. There will be afternoon tea to start, networking opportunities to finish, and three inspiring talks in between.

Mariana Trusson, Senior Associate with the engineering consultancy Cundall; Allison Johnstone from Equate Scotland; and Dr Nina Baker from Glasgow City Council, an independent researcher of engineering history, will speak about their working lives and experiences in engineering.

The event is free, but space is limited so please register via Eventbrite.


For media enquiries please contact Kirsty Cameron T: 01382 308 935 M: 07972172158 E:

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