Women in STEM

A woman engineer in blue overalls holding a clipboard standing in a goods yard

Women are still under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) disciplines. There are a number of active networks and initiatives at the university that you can get involved in as a Woman in STEM, or as a supporter of Women in STEM.

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Watt Women in STEM student society

Watt Women in STEM is a student-led society focused on supporting female students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths at Heriot-Watt University. Its mission is to empower members to achieve their potential by offering a range of events, both industrial and social, to develop their skills and broaden their networks. 

The society is affiliated with Equate Scotland (Interconnect project) and WES (Women's Engineering Society). Equate Scotland is the national expert in gender equality throughout the STEM sectors and enables women studying and working in these keys sectors to develop. WES is a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development.

Follow us on Twitter and join up on the Watt Women in STEM website to keep up to date with events and to get involved.

A woman engineer addresses the inaugural meeting of the Women's Engineering Society

HWU Women's Engineering Society

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) have joined together to arrange corporate educational membership of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

Both Schools are proud to have celebrated International Women in Engineering Day since the inaugural celebration in 2013. This membership cements the support we have for WES.

A diverse working group oversees our WES membership, with representation from both EGIS and EPS including UG, PhD, RA’s and different levels of Academics. The purpose of this group is to stimulate a formal working link between the WES and Engineering at Heriot-Watt and to promote, support and encourage activity which will enrich discussion amongst engineers at Heriot-Watt (of all genders) about equality of opportunity.

This membership allows all of our students, irrespective of gender, to hold student supporter membership. We span the six disciplines of engineering; Civil, Petroleum, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical and Architectural.  It's simple to join and as a student supporter you will have access to the following benefits;

  • Supporting WES and its campaign for gender diversity in engineering, IT and allied sciences
  • Being part of a network of women engineers, and using your resources to encourage others to join the profession
  • Become a role model and spokesperson for young women
  • Keep track of issues relevant to women's engineering events and news through our quarterly journal and monthly e-newsletter
  • Obtain career help and guidance through our successful mentoring service MentorSET, or become a mentor
  • Apply for one of our bursaries or awards
  • Gain useful management by serving on our Council or as an officer in a Student Group
  • Build practical skills by getting involved in our activities (become a cluster co-ordinator, join the editorial board, web management, fund raising, organising events and awards)
  • Meet like-minded people at our annual events and enjoy working to build a stronger profession
  • Build your profile at events and network into your next job
  • Organise or take part in outreach events to inspire the next generation of young people and students
  • Through our partnership with IET, register for IET events at members' discount rates, and use the facilities at Savoy Place London (including the lounge, business centre and meeting rooms), under the same terms and conditions offered to IET members (contact the office for further details)
  • Use our social networking sites to connect to other members online (see the links at the bottom of every page)
  • Feel confident that your membership subscription is being positively used to grow, encourage and inspire the number of women in engineering

For further information please contact Professor Gabriela Medero (EGIS) or Dr Seyedeh Mohsenpour (EPS).


The women@CS group is a forum for female students and staff in the Computer Science department to get together and build a community.  They hold various social events throughout the year and organise a celebration of Ada Lovelace Day every October.

For more information please contact Claudia Hemsley or Dr Kathrin Stark

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The Piscopia Initiative

The Piscopia Initiative is a UK-wide student led network which aims to encourage and support women and non-binary students to pursue a PhD in Mathematics. At Heriot-Watt, we have a local committee which runs information and social events throughout the year.

Follow us on Twitter or sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with all our events. For more information on your local committee visit Piscopia.

Two women marine engineers in overalls and safety helmets discuss a mollusc taken from the sea

Women in Marine Science

The Society for Women In Marine Science (SWiMS) is a network based at Heriot Watt University (UK) supporting women-identifying and non-binary people who study and work in marine science, but the network is open to everyone. We hope it will provide a space for our scientists at all career stages - to support and connect with each other, as well as acting as a platform to highlight their stories- including the unique challenges they face, and celebrating their victories. 

As well as allowing for support and visibility there will be an educational angle to this network, and that will include training for women and non-binary folk in different areas, as well as training for men who want to help make marine science more accessible and inclusive.

For more information please contact Hannah Fennell

Woman engineer standing in front of a solar panel

Women in Middle East Construction

An initiative supporting women construction students in Dubai before, during and after university. The initiative looks to recognise local dynamics and opportunities while positioning the students to become global leaders. Activities include celebrating successes, sharing role models, finding jobs, connecting with professional bodies and securing industrial links.

For further information please contact Dr Hagir Hakim