Women in STEM fund launched in honour of Mary Burton

A trailblazing educational and social reformer is the inspiration behind an initiative launched at Heriot-Watt University today (February 7).

A fund for female students studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has been unveiled on the 200th anniversary of Mary Burton’s birth. Read more....


Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2018

Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).


Established in 2009, it is a day to actively highlight female role models in STEM disciplines where womens contributions have often gone unrecognised. Ada herself is considered to be the first computer programmer, having written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. Read more...

Women in Engineering Day: Inspiring the next generation of engineers

Heriot-Watt academics and students have inspired more than 360 local primary-aged pupils as part of a week-long celebration and outreach campaign to support International Women in Engineering Day.

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

Athena Swan Summer Bursary Awards 2018

This year saw the launch of the first Athena SWAN summer bursary scheme.  The standard of applicants was very high with 12 applications received in total.   Selected members of the Athena SWAN Sat team eventually decided to award 8 bursaries.  The successful applicants were Melanie Wheeldon and Vanessa Ihuoma Nwadiuto Anucha both from IB3, Lara Severne and Melanie  Lau Shu Ping both from IPMEE, Imogen Morland and Kate Robertson from IPAQS, Anamarija Pispek from ICS and Emily Mason came under teaching.

A presentation reception was held on 22nd May for the successful candidates were presented with their certificates from Professor Raffaella Ocone of IMPEE.  It’s planned that Gillian Thomson, Director of Teaching and Learning, will track the scholars progress over the summer.

Congratulations from the Athena SWAN Sat team to all successful applicants, we hope your summer placement is a success.

Grant Success - Mairi Haddow

Dr. Mairi Haddow has joined the Institute of Chemical Sciences as a Daphne Jackson Fellow with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Dr. Haddow will be working on developing computational techniques for the modelling of guest molecules in porous materials. This project is being carried out in partnership with OlexSys, which produces the freely available crystallography program Olex2.

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