The government have launched a not just for boys campaign to raise awareness of occupations where women are under-represented and to encourage young girls and women into industries that have traditionally been male dominated. Staff members from the Faculty of Engineering have been joining in with the campaign to spread awareness of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.
Professor Sarah Sharples, the faculty’s ‘accidental ambassador’ for women in engineering, has always been a great role model for the University’s staff and students. She was the first female Engineering Associate Dean of the Graduate School and is a Professor of Human Factors.
Prof Sharples success has been recognised by the Department for Work and Pensions and was featured as part of their Twitter campaign. Other staff members have been getting involved, with PhD researchers Noura Ghabra, Nawar Al-Shara, Sarah Angel Smith and Oluakemi Mafe posting their own picture with the #notjustforboys hashtag.
Technicians, who are vital to STEM industries, have also been supporting the campaign. Kelly Vere, Hannah Beska (Chemical and Environmental Engineering) and Sarah Thomas (Architecture and Built Environment) posted a photo on social media with other STEM technicians from around the University. Their photo has had a lot of publicity, with the group being interviewed by Science Grrl, a company who promotes women in STEM.
The University has a strong history of supporting women in science and technology and in 2012 was awarded the Athena Swan Charter Silver award. As the the only university approached by the Department of Work and Pensions to support the campaign, The University of Nottingham and the faculty are eager for more staff and students to get involved. You can post a photo holding a #notjustforboys sign on Twitter and tag the faculty (@UoNEngineering
) and the Department for Work and Pensions (@DWPgovuk
Posted on Tuesday 31st March 2015