Women in Engineering

Athena Swan Bronze Award

The Department of Engineering Science was awarded a bronze award from Athena SWAN in December 2017. 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.


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 . Organising meetings are usually held termly over lunch.

Previous events the group have organised include:

Trinity Term: 14th June 2017
Event: International Women in Engineering Day - Women in Engineering Social & Outreach Event, St. John's College

Trinity Term: 26th April 2017
Speaker: Associate Prof. Sonia Contera,Department of Physics
Title: "Moving up the Career Ladder: Collaborations, Journalism and Public Engagement"

Michaelmas Term: 11th November 2016
Speaker: Danella Bagnall, Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
Title: "From Apprentice to Chief Engineer: The Best Job in the Automotive Industry"

Michaelmas Term: 4th November 2016
Event: Women in Engineering Welcome Social

Trinity Term: 29th April 2016
Speaker: Vinita Marwaha, Space Engineering & STEM Outreach Consultant
Title: "Journey to Space and "Rocket Women"

Hilary Term: 12th February 2016
Speaker: Prof. Barbara Shollock, Tata Steel Research Chair in Coatings, Warwick University
Title: "Work-life balance: Academia with 5 kids"

Michaelmas Term: 6th November 2016
Speaker: Jennifer Ehr, 4th year student, cox of Oxford Women's rowing team
Title: "Women in Sport and engineering of rowing"

Trinity Term: 22nd May 2016
Speaker: Prof. Blanca Rodriguez, Computational Medicine, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Title: "Women in Science: fixing the leaky pipeline

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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

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.

International Women in Engineering Day - 23rd June

Each year we celebrate National Women in Engineering Day on the 23rd June - see more information about 2018 events here.

To see the video we created for 2017, 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 INWED.