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Join a unique society
Full and Associate membership of WES costs £52 per year, with concessions available (£26) for retired and non-working members. Student membership is £10 per year. WES Fellowship (FWES) costs £85 per year (with a concessionary rate of £43). Full details of all membership grades are available here.
We are a network of women engineers, scientists and technologists pursuing a vision of a better world. WES members work together to empower women to achieve their potential as scientists, engineers and leaders.
Inspiring others to enter the field by celebrating women's successes.
Innovating and sharing good practice, building on our diverse experience to solve the challenges society faces.
Impacting we want to see more women in technical leadership positions shaping the high tech 21st century. We do this by:
- Speaking out as a voice for women, and for the causes we care deeply about
- Sharing our excitement about developing and delivering technologies that benefit society, the environment and the knowledge economy
- Networking-connecting women studying training and working in engineering, technology and the sciences through regional clusters, circles and student groups and at conference
We believe that women are good for the understanding, development and application of technology and that woman can benefit from good career paths and rewards.
Who Can Join?
Anyone who works in science or technology (including IT) or works within a technical industry or organisation and wants to see more women being innovative and creative and addressing society's problems with technology is eligible to apply. WES welcomes men who support our aims as associate members.
We are proud of the diversity of our membership. No-one is excluded or disadvantaged by not having the "right" qualifications or background. Representatives of organisations interested in becoming corporate members should see the further information here or contact the WES office directly.
Benefits of Joining
- 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
- 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
Why in the 21st century with current equality legislation, is it necessary to have an organisation promoting the interests of women engineers? Traditional professional institutions, often with few women members, don't have the expertise to champion our cause or run networks for women. So they work with WES.
What members think about WES
"I joined WES for mutual support with other women engineers and to share learning processes. I am particularly keen to encourage young female engineers" Christine Sams, BP subsea engineer.
"I believe that the number of unfilled vacancies within the engineering industry can be filled by woman. Joining WES has given me a greater understanding of the challenges facing women " Noel Johnson, Learning Centre Manager, Hull City Council.
"I have found through my WES membership that there are others who have the same challenges that I do, and that women can achieve highly in engineering." Jemma Newman, clinical engineer.
"The WES conference was absolutely brilliant. I have never attended a conference like this one before. I was engaged right from the start. I cannot even begin to explain how fortunate I was to meet so many women in engineering and listen to their experiences." Sonia Gurjao, WES conference attendee.
What does WES do?
- Supports its members, professionals and members of the public with advice and guidance on women in STEM issues
- Works in partnership with industry and other professional engineering institutions to provide services to promote gender diversity
- Encourages girls to pursue careers in engineering through our volunteer programme of advice, school visits, events and exhibitions
- A voice for women to ensure that government and industry tackle the skills gap through gender inclusion
- Annual members and student conference, lively journal (The Woman Engineer), cluster groups, circles and and the website
- Student Programme connecting student groups in higher education
- Networking and professional development through regional activities and on-line services, site visits, profile speakers and training in leadership and personal brand development
- Mentoring and Support through the WES MentorSET scheme for students and practising scientists and engineers
- Specific projects to deliver gender diversity to schools, industry and educational establishments