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Sharon Rose: Arup

As a black civil engineer, Sharon Rose finds that if she is treated differently by her colleagues it is because of her sex rather than her race.

'I've never been aware of any racism at work and to be honest, I think that the fact that I'm a woman stands out more than my colour, ' she says.

Rose works as a civil engineer for Ove Arup & Partners and is currently on secondment to Rail Link Engineering. She is the only female engineer on contract 330 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, between Fawkham Junction and the Medway crossing.

After graduating from Leeds University, Rose went to France for a year to learn French before doing a masters degree in soil mechanics at Birmingham University.

In her experience women get no special treatment in Arup's design office where everyone is focused on getting results and finding the answers to technical problems.

On site she finds she is treated differently but only because people are more polite, less industrial with their language and less aggressively confrontational.

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