Women’s Engineering Society

Women’s Engineering Society (WES)

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The Women’s Engineering Society is a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership, we campaign to encourage women to participate and achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders.

Prizes, awards and honours

  • The WES Prize for the best young engineer
  • The Karen Burt Award for the best newly qualified chartered engineer.
  • The Gillian Skinner Award recognises “behind the scenes” contributions to WES by volunteers who are not on the WES council.
  • The Isabel Hardwich Medal is presented to WES members who have made an outstanding contribution above the call of duty to the society over a sustained period.


  • The Doris Gray award is a grant given in Scotland to encourage women to become professional engineers.
  • The Lady Finniston Award is a grant which is made to enable women, who otherwise might be prevented from doing so on grounds of hardship, to take up places on a recognised first engineering degree or HND courses in British universities or colleges.

Annual national events include a summer conference, a student conference and a Prestige Lecture. Regional and local events also occur on a regular basis.


Calendar for 2015

  • National Women in Engineering Day, 23 June 2015
  • WES Student Conference, 20-21 November 2015
  • Prestige Lecture, November 2015 (date to be confirmed)
  • Regional Events throughout the UK

Membership criteria
Full members of WES must be either qualified or trainee scientists, engineers, or IT professionals. Associate members need not be qualified in the STEM professions but should share the aims of WES.

Membership perks
Quarterly journal, monthly newsletter, shared IET member benefits, access to mentoring support, conference discounts, volunteering and ambassadorial opportunities.

How You Can Get Involved
Become a member and volunteer.Engineering - It's in Everything

Contact information
Women’s Engineering Society (WES)
Michael Faraday House
Six Hills Way

01438 765506 (office answerphone)
01438 211403 (Dawn)
07881 905520 (mobile)


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