International Women in Engineering Day

Women in Engineering Day event by Womens Engineering Society (WES)

Women (and men) all over the globe can help to raise the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a profession for all. We are grateful to be working in partnership with the UK National Commission for UNESCO this year and thank them for their support. 

National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. Since that launch in 2014 the day has grown enormously over the subsequent years to the point where it received UNESCO patronage in 2016.  

In 2017, National Women in Engineering Day became international for the first time due to the interest and enthusiasm developed by the international audience and participants in the previous years. International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) was born to enable the celebration of women in engineering to become global.  

Dialog Award for Female Undergraduates

The Dialog Award for Female Undergraduates is a collaboration between Dialog Semiconductor and the UKESF. It supports a number of female undergraduates who are commencing the first year of their studies on Electronics-related degree courses at leading UK universities.

Workshop Wednesdays

The next one is planned for the 1st of July and we currently have:

  • Software Testing
  • Python Beginners
  • Webdev101
  • Guest speaker David Darke on “How and why you should use GIT, even if you are a solo developer”

If you wish to do a talk then please let us know by email on

We are happy to host other rooms if you want to discuss projects etc and if you wish to sponsor one the details are on our networking page here.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

UWE Alumni Scholarship (2020/21 entry)

We are delighted to offer UWE Bristol alumni a tuition fee discount of 25% on our full-time and part-time taught postgraduate courses. UWE Bristol alumni are entitled to a tuition fee discount of 25% on our full-time and part-time taught postgraduate courses. 

There are some full-time and part-time courses where the 25% discount does not apply. View the 2020/21 alumni discount exclusion list for full details. Postgraduate research students (PhD, DPhil, MPhil, Prof Doc) are eligible for a 25% discount on the first year of study only if their course is full time, and for the first two years of study only if on a part-time course.

Scholarships for students from underrepresented groups launched to plug digital skills gap

Postgraduate scholarships have been launched at UWE Bristol as part of a Government initiative to address the shortage of data science and artificial intelligence specialists in the UK. UWE Bristol is one of 28 universities across England offering the new scholarships, which are open to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

In all, 18 scholarships in MSc Data Science will be offered over the next three years. The first scholarships on the course, taught in the Faculty of Environment and Technology, will begin in January 2021. The national programme aims to target graduates from backgrounds often underrepresented in the AI and data science industries, particularly female, disabled and black students.

While we are discussing UWE sometimes it may be worth looking at the MSc courses to stretch out your upskilling whilst staying in your current jobs and specialising with an accredited MSc at the end. Interestingly Graduate labour market statistics 2019 reports that full-time employed, working-age postgraduates had a median salary of £42,000 in 2019, compared with £34,000 for working-age undergraduates. Within the working-age population postgraduates earned £8,000 more than graduates and £17,000 more than non-graduates. For the young population (those aged between 21 and 30) the difference was £3,500 and £9,000 respectively. This was taken from the prospects website and has other info on why you might want to take a masters course. So for the same price as a boot camp perhaps it may be a consideration as its a great career builder – check out the part0-time options available here.

IBM free online courses

Thanks Sara for highlighting:

“IBM’s design thinking course is available for free right now, great opportunity for upskilling and inspiration. I’m enjoying it so far but the design thinking approach isn’t without its problems. So I’ve been also reading links from this (all really interesting so far, definitely recommend) to put it more in context Anti-racist reading list for designers“.



The international ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications.

FEMTECH FORUM 2020 – the first global virtual conference about FemTech 25th of June

The FemTech Forum is a celebration of innovation in women’s health, spotlighting tech-powered solutions and products that are disrupting the market and changing our everyday lives for the better.

Join us on Thursday, June 25th, 2020 to hear and learn from some of the most inspiring founders, innovators, investors and influencers in FemTech, on a wide range of topics, including fertility, sexual health, designing products for modern women, the gender gap in medical research and more.

The FemTech industry is booming, and we’re excited to see what’s to come!


WeAreTechWomen’s conferences and summits have a five year history of providing innovative and interactive learning and networking opportunities for female technologists. All of our speakers are leaders in their sectors, experts in their field and have a detailed understanding of how the tech industry is evolving. We have curated this year’s summit based on feedback from our WeAreTechWomen community. There are four segments to the day, industry innovation and key trends, the effect of COVID on the tech industry, entrepreneurship and diversity.

XConf Online June the 26th

XConf is created by technologists for technologists, for people who care deeply about software and its impact on the world.

So, we are excited to announce that XConf will be held online on Friday 26 June 2020. This year, we welcome Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist and Em Grasmeder, Senior Developer at ThoughtWorks as our keynote speakers.

This Week’s happenings have moved to a dedicated page

Event listings are now updated weekly basis on our Events page

We know that for many people and children the office and school can be their refuge so please be aware that in Bristol, Next Link domestic abuse telephone helplines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday 0117 925 0680. Help is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the National Domestic Violence Helpline – Freephone 0808 2000 247.

Domestic Violence Support

Did we miss anything?

If you have anything that you want us to mention on our next Blogpost contact us on We do try to keep it to free or funded items that our members might relate to.

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Our Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

We have a Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

If you want to engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.