HWU Women in STEM

The Heriot-Watt Women’s Engineering Society organised a workshop and networking lunch in February 2018 with advice for those seeking to build their careers in STEM.

The workshop included a talk by Katharina Zilles on “Is Entrepreneurship a masculine domain? Responding to stereotypes of women in entrepreneurship and engineering”

Architectural Engineering at the Science Festival

Staff from the Architectural Engineering discipline in the School organised a ‘crystal maze’ exercise for 7-12 year olds to demonstrate heat loss in buildings, using thermal cameras, to promote careers in this discipline to school-age children.

This was part of the successful Science Festival programme 2018 held at Oriam, Heriot-Watt University which attracted over 5000 people from the local community.

WES and Interonnect Future Engineer Workshops

Heriot-Watt’s Women’s Engineering Society, together with the student society Interconnect, organised nine Future Engineer Workshops at Edinburgh schools throughout the week, ahead of International Women in Engineering Day on Saturday 23 June 2018.

The event was aimed at Primary 4 pupils and open to all sexes to inspire the next generation of engineers.  The team visited two Edinburgh schools each day over a week of activities to offer a range of fun and educational hands-on challenges to groups of 8-9 year old boys and girls.

Watt Women Aurora Alumni Organisation

The establishment of 'Watt Women', Alumni for Heriot-Watt University women who have participated in the Aurora Programme, a platform to support one another and share achievements and experiences.

The School’s Dr Mehreen Gul is on the organising committee and a very well attended inaugural Aurora Alumni event “Putting Aurora into Practice”,  was held on 1 November.


23 June- Who wants to be an engineer?

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June the Heriot-Watt Women's Engineering Society hosted a celebration of engineering careers.

Five inspiring women each gave a talk about their amazing careers and explored the exciting opportunities and the challenges that engineering offers.

14 June - Pathways to academic leadership event

As part of our Athena SWAN Initiative we held an event in June for academic colleagues interested to know more about academic career pathways.

This development session showcased academic leadership opportunities, and participants heard first-hand from Heriot-Watt leaders about the opportunities they have chosen to take up, how they prepared for these roles, what additional opportunities those roles have brought and any challenges the individuals had to overcome as they moved into these leadership roles.

The session included interactivity and round table discussions, a panel chatted with our senior academics and there was an opportunity for delegates to think about their own career action planning.

Whilst the event has been developed in response to staff survey feedback from female academic colleagues, the event was open to all.

01 June - SWANtastic team celebrates!

The Principal hosted a celebration to mark the contributions made by colleagues and students to the University's Athena SWAN activities over the last three years, and the successful renewal of the University's Athena SWAN award.

Guests chatted over tea and cake in the beautiful surroundings of Hermiston House gardens, and the more creative of the guests made origami swans. In their thank-you speeches, the Principal, Professor Gill Hogg and Professor Steve McLaughlin highlighted the journey taken from 2013 to 2017, and the personal contributions and teamwork required to make that happen.

07 April - Women's Engineering Society celebrate International Women's Day

Heriot-Watt's WES (Women's Engineering Society) celebrated International Women's Day on the 8th March with a vibrant get-together of staff and students.

The event was introduced by Dr Gillian Thomson, Director of Learning & Teaching, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, followed by speeches from distinguished speakers including Carol Marsh (Past WES president), Clare Lavelle (Winner of Karen Burt Award) and Rebecca Michaelson (Engineer at Cundall).

The speakers shared their personal stories focusing on the challenges encountered in their professional journey as female engineers. The importance of mentoring and networking, issues that are at the heart of the Heriot-Watt WES (HWU-WES) group, were explored and discussed at length.

HWU-WES aims to create an inclusive platform to assure a culture change by promoting and supporting discussion amongst engineers (males and females) about equality and opportunities.

Please get involved by contacting Raffaella Ocone or Gabi Medero

22 March - EGIS celebrates Bronze Athena SWAN award

We held this event to thank our former Self-Assessment Team (SAT) leads and their team colleagues for all their hard work on the award application and subsequent implementation of the action plan. We also welcomed our new SAT members who are committed to achieving our aim for equality for all our staff and students.


June 2016

National Women in Engineering Day 2016: an exciting and informative morning of talks, networking opportunities and poster competition.

May 2016

EGIS received its Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation.

Photo: Dr Gina Netto with the Bronze Award at the Athena Swan Awards Ceremony.


December 2015

Application submitted for Athena SWAN Bronze department award.