A Brunel University London programme that encourages women into the civil engineering profession has been singled out for praise.
The Brunel University’s “Women in Engineering” programme aims to help female graduates attain their full potential in the engineering profession through personal professional development training, visits to industry and a mentoring scheme, which provides an opportunity for contact between students and senior staff working in the career sector that graduates hope to pursue.
It also helps graduates promote themselves, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to them, and develop a network of key contacts to help them in rising to the top of the profession.
The programme runs alongside a number of taught postgraduate degree courses, to complement the academic aspect of the studies.
In addition to the programme, 40 scholarships for this academic year have been awarded to female engineering students - funding the course fees and a living allowance. This has enabled a number of students to be able to return to full time study.
Lucy Sharp, chair of the Kent and East Sussex ICE Graduate and Student Committee is on the programme studying Brunel’s MSc Project and Infrastructure Management course. She said the scheme has given her an “amazing opportunity”.
“I have been given an amazing opportunity to return to study full time study; gaining some invaluable experience and training which will not only build on my educational base, but give me a better insight into industry following my early career as a project engineer in local government.
“This would not have been possible without being awarded one of the Women in Engineering scholarships.
“My course is also ICE accredited and will provide me with a platform to apply for my chartered professional review. I am extremely grateful to be part of this exciting programme and feel privileged to be given a head start to the rest of my career.”
The Women in Engineering programme is in its first year, and has been funded by a number of sources. Subject to gaining further funding, it hopes to continue for future academic years.
- Any civil engineers interesting in offering their time as mentors, speakers, or hosting site visits for the programme should contact Petra Gratton, programme manager, at WomenInEngineering@brunel.ac.uk. For further information see: www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering