Record number of Women In Engineering scholarships
UNSW Engineering thanks new industry partners supporting Women In Engineering scholarships.
UNSW’s Women In Engineering scholarships have grown to a record 16 with an additional 10 scholarships added for 2017.
UNSW today hosted an afternoon tea to thank the seven companies that have backed the new scholarships. Atlassian, Boral, Bouygues Construction, Infigen Energy, Origin Energy and Transurban have joined the ranks of Women in Engineering Industry Partners supporting Engineering scholarships for female school leavers.
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has renewed its commitment to Women In Engineering by adding two more scholarships to its existing offering. The 2017 scholarships combined represent a value of $640,000.
Professor Mark Hoffman, Dean of Engineering at UNSW, told the guests about the many initiatives that have been introduced by UNSW Engineering to improve the recruitment, retention and recognition of Women In Engineering. These range from activities for school girls, including a summer camp, to development opportunities for University students and prestigious awards for outstanding female engineers.
“We believe in the value of engineering to society, but we also believe that, in order to serve society best, it needs to better reflect its diversity,” said Professor Hoffman. “Our goal at UNSW Engineering is to raise female representation among students, staff and researchers to 30% by 2020.”
Arup was one of the first companies to join the program, with its first scholarship recipient starting engineering in 2016. CEO Peter Bailey believes the benefits run both ways.
“It’s good to be part of a program that’s affiliated with UNSW because it raises Arup’s profile at the University. We hope that, down the track, this will manifest itself in more students being interested in pursuing a career at Arup. Over the years we’ve had many graduates from UNSW and it’s certainly a great source of brilliant, young engineers.”
The Women In Engineering Manager, Dr Alex Bannigan, said a scholarship specifically for women can attract more female students who might not have considered engineering otherwise. “In addition, it gives the student an opportunity to get work experience and mentoring and to build a relationship with a potential employer over the course of her degree,” she said. “It really is an incredibly valuable contribution that these companies are making to our future engineers.”