The Engineering Census is being managed and analysed by Katalytik Ltd on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering (The Academy) and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
The first major participation of women in engineering was as part of the war effort during the Great War.
In response to this, the Women’s Engineering Society was founded on 23 June 1919 to support women engineers and resist the pressure for them to move away from jobs that they were not only enjoying but also excelling in. Since that time WES was has been a touch point for women in engineering to inspire, support and develop current and future engineers throughout their careers.
Despite the best efforts of the many dedicated women who have been part of the Society since it was founded; progress has been slow. By 1969, after the first 50 years, women made up just 0.5% of engineers in the UK. By the early 90s women still only accounted for 7% of engineers and there was little movement in this statistic through until 2014. However, in recent years there has been some accelerated progress with an increase to 9% by 2015 and by 2017 11% of professional engineers are women. The aspiration of WES is to sustain this escalation of progress and ensure that 30% of engineers are women by 2030.
The Royal Academy of Engineering (the Academy) has been delivering a programme since 2011 to increase diversity and inclusion (D&I) across engineering.
Our vision is of an inclusive engineering profession that inspires attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and reflects UK society.
Our mission is to lead the engineering profession to challenge the status quo, stimulate cultural change and improve diversity and inclusion.
To help us achieve this, our strategic aims are to understand the barriers to increasing D&I in engineering employment and professional registration; to engage in partnerships to remove barriers to increasing D&I; and to deliver impact through effective communications.
The programme delivers activities targeted at increasing D&I across engineering employment, the 35 professional engineering institutions (PEIs) and within the Academy itself.
The Academy delivers its activities to increase female representation in engineering in partnership with organisations like the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) whose International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) activities we support, and the WISE Campaign, who we partnered with to develop and roll-out the Industry-led Ten Steps for retaining women in science, engineering and technology. In 2019, the Academy plans to reinvigorate its work on gender through partnership activity with WES that will feed into the development of a profession-wide action plan to close the engineering gender pay gap.
More information about the D&I programme at the Academy can be found at: www.raeng.org.uk/policy/diversity-in-engineering
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