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.
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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.
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.
During Valentine’s Day 2020, we collaborated with the East African Society to raise over £200 for the Elman Peace Organisation.
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 Night to kick start the new year and welcome freshman students to the society.
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.
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.