Leicester Women In STEM Society

Women in STEM (WISTEM) at the University of Leicester commits to inspiring and encouraging women to pursue education and careers in STEM, an industry where women make up only 23% of core STEM fields.

We aim to assist current female students by hosting networking sessions, Women in STEM panel talks, STEM day trips and making female students aware of the different opportunities available to them. Furthermore, the society promotes STEM among young women by visiting and volunteering in high schools and colleges. 

Members typically study

  • Aerospace
  • Computing/Technology
  • Electronic/Electrical
  • Maths/Analytics
  • Mechanical/Manufacturing
  • Science

The facts

We have members from a range of different STEM backgrounds, from psychology to engineering and many more.
Founded by our lovely president Jeehan.
Set out to empower women and have a collective group which shares similar interests - as everyone needs a helping hand when starting their early career.
We are extremely diverse and have members from all different Socio-Economic groups and cultural backgrounds.
Not only do we have educational events, we also like to enjoy time with our members and have events such as games nights, bowling etc.
We are an official society as part of the University of Leicester and we collaborate with Leicester student union for some events.
Not only do we support University of Leicester students, we also have events like panel talks, which are targeted to all women in STEM.
We are all more than happy to give members a stepping stone into STEM, for example helping with placement applications.

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Aims as a Society

  • To empower women to work in STEM fields by inviting guest speakers from various backgrounds to promote the different opportunities and career choices available.
  • To celebrate adversities and challenges of joining a male-dominated field by sharing our guest speaker stories of finding success through hard work and passion for STEM.
  • To build a secured network for women in STEM through our virtual, face-to-face events, LinkedIn and Instagram platforms, where students connect with like-minded women and professionals of their field.
  • To organise events for young people in the local community, where, by sharing our knowledge and experience, we aim to encourage young women to pursue their dream STEM careers.

Games Nights

We host games nights regularly to keep our audience engaged. It has proved to be a great way for people to socialise and meet like-minded people.

Panel Talks & Networking Events

We hosted four of these events and they have proved to be one of our most successful events! We invited different women from all across the STEM sector to talk about their journeys through their own careers, give their tips on how to succeed in their respective field and give the students an opportunity to network and ask the panellists any questions they had. Some of the companies represented by the panellists were Airbus, Rolls-Royce, E.ON, Mercedes-AMG and many more. 

Raising money for charity

During Valentine’s Day 2020, we collaborated with the East African Society to raise over £200 for the Elman Peace Organisation. 

Social Virtual Events

Some of our recent social events include Game Nights - an exciting opportunity for all of our members to chat over Team’s Call, play some virtual games, enjoy fun quizzes and spend a few hours relaxing away from stressful university life.

Meet and Greet 

Meet and Greet Night to kick start the new year and welcome freshman students to the society.

WISTEM panel 

WISTEM panel event targeted at placement and soon-to-be-graduate students with guests from Boeing, Applied Geology Ltd, and Church and Dwight. Speakers were current students on placements. They shared their experience on how to get a placement and what their companies are like and they shared application tips with us.

STEM Panel Event

This was an excellent panel event with two experienced engineers named Jackie and Jacquie. Jackie is a Lead Applications Engineer at LB Foster Europe & RAEng and Jacqui is a Deputy Director, Faraday Battery Challenge Innovate UK. They are both visiting professors at the University of Leicester and were an honour to host them.

Committee List

  • President: Jeehan Shameem
  • Well-being and inclusion officer: Kamile Ziuryte
  • Treasurer: Tia Duh
  • Events Officer: Sarika Mannan
  • Secretary: Zamzam Hersi
  • Social Media Officer: Zainab Bikar.

How to Join

If you would like to find out more, please take a look at our website.

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