Women in Engineering

Athena Swan Bronze Award

The Department of Engineering Science was awarded a bronze award from Athena SWAN in November 2012. This award recognises the Department's commitment to the Athena SWAN goal of advancing women’s careers in STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine).

An Athena SWAN working group has been established with membership spanning students, postdoctoral research assistants, academic staff and support staff.  Key aims of this group include the following:

  • To act as the focal organisational point for gender equality issues within the Department.
  • To develop and monitor a range of indicators across the Department concerning gender balance and produce an annual report on gender issues for Departmental Committee.
  • To identify priority areas for action, and develop and implement action plans to address them.
  • To help promote and support university gender initiatives.

Our bronze application can be found here.

Departmental networking group

A women’s networking group has been established in the Department with the intention of organising talks, social events and other networking activities (for all members of the department). Membership of this organising group consists of Postdoctoral Research Assistants, Postgraduate students, Undergraduate students and an academic member of staff.

If you are interested in joining the network organisation group please email engs-wie@maillist.ox.ac.uk. Organising meetings are usually held termly over lunch.


Previous events the group have organised include:

Hilary term: 13th February 2015
Speaker: Dr Alison Wall, Associate Director EPSRC
Title: "Investing in research, family and me

Michaelmas term: 7th November 2014
Speaker: Claire Brown, Arup
Title: “Working in industry”

Trinity term: 23rd May 2014
Speaker: Jessica Leitch
Title: “Running Into Business"

Hilary term: 14th February 2014
Speaker: Dr Eleanor Stride
Title: "You don’t look like an engineer"

Michaelmas term: 8th November 2013
Speaker: Professor Sir Michael Brady
Title:  “Walk of Life

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Further opportunities for networking

In addition to departmental activities, there are University-wide opportunities for networking

  • Springboard, an award-winning personal and professional development programme, designed and developed by women for women
  • OxFEST, an University of Oxford society for women studying or working in engineering, science, and technology
  • Oxford Women’s Network, committed to enhancing the quality of life for the community of women within the collegiate University

and external groups such as


At the 3rd Annual OxFest (Oxford Females in Engineering, Science and Technology) Symposium 2014 “WHY SO SLOW? Closing the gender gap in STEM” some talks were given by aspirational women who have made their mark in scientific careers.

They talked about their careers and how they overcame various hurdles including balancing work/home life, education, personal circumstances etc and how they made their mark in a fairly male dominated environment. You can see recordings of the talks at the event here: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/women-science

4th Annual OxFEST event: http://ox-fest.org/oxfest-conference/

“Postcards from the Future: Rewriting the Script for Women in STEM”

March 7th- 8th 2015 in Oxford

Women in Science & Engineering

WISEThe University is also a corporate member of WISE. Helping to promote female talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


If you are thinking of joining the Department of Engineering Science you might like to read some of the profiles that we have collected from women studying or working here.

National Women in Engineering Day - 23rd June

We celebrated National Women in Engineering Day on the 23rd June. To see the video we created for this, as well as pictures of the display board we put up in reception, click here.

The guardian featured Engineering Science Professor Eleanor Stride and student Chloe Adams-Pickford in their article for NWED.