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WMG supports young female role models

Exceptional Apprentice award winner, Florence HopperLast night (Tuesday 21st February), we were honoured to join Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra and other esteemed guests, at the inaugural Young Women’s Trust awards ceremony. 

The Young Women’s Trust, is a charity supporting women aged 16 to 30 on low or no pay. The ceremony was held to recognise three amazing young women who have overcome barriers to success to make substantial progress in their lives.

In contrast to traditional awards, these awards sponsored by WMG, Venn Group and Clarion Housing Group, celebrate women starting out, rather than those at the top of their professions, to highlight how difficult it can be to get a foot in the door. Young Women’s Trust offers direct services to support young women into work and campaigns for fair financial futures.


Wed 22 Feb 2017, 14:07 | Tags: Athena Swan STEM

Margaret Low receives a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy

Margaret LowMargaret Low, Principal Teaching Fellow at WMG, has been selected by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for a National Teaching Fellowship.

Margaret was recognised by the HEA for her individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence in teaching.

Margaret is an inspirational educator with 30 years’ experience in the HE sector. She teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is also our Widening Participation Officer, coordinating activities across the department and collaborating with other colleagues within the University.

A National Teaching Fellowship is the HEA’s most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG said "I am delighted that Margaret has had her dedication to teaching recognised by the HEA. Her contribution to WMG has had a significant impact on the students she has taught and the department as a whole."

Warwick received three Fellowships (the most that any institution can be awarded) which makes it the only institution to achieve this distinction in 2016.

Fri 09 Dec 2016, 11:09 | Tags: Athena Swan STEM Margaret Low Education

Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day

Women in EngineeringWMG was pleased to welcome 22 girls from the WMG Academy for Young Engineers, to a special ‘Magnificent Women and their Flying Machines’ event, in celebration of National Women in Engineering Day.

The event was set up by the Women's Engineering Society (WES) to commemorate the work of early women engineering pioneers during the First World War. At the workshop the girls were tasked with designing and building aircraft wings, taking inspiration from the work of these women. Women in Engineering Day

Shaheen Charlwood, Senior Teaching Fellow at WMG, explained: “The event was designed to inspire the next generation of female engineers, and in turn encourage them to consider engineering as a possible career.

Fri 01 Jul 2016, 15:40 | Tags: WMG Academy Athena Swan STEM Education

WMG Supporting Women in STEM

WISE HQ OpeningShaheen Charlwood, Senior Teaching Fellow, was thrilled to represent WMG at the official opening of the new WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) HQ at the Leeds College of Building by HRH The Princess Royal.

Shaheen joined leading figures in industry and education, to hear a series of inspirational speeches from WISE Chief Executive Helen Wollaston, Commercial Director HS2 Beth West. The guest of honour, HRH the Princess Royal, unveiled a commemorative plaque. Each speech focused on girls and women studying and building careers in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM), and the need to improve links between schools and employers.

Fri 19 Feb 2016, 15:31 | Tags: Athena Swan STEM Education

Warwick at Imagineering

Warwick SubmarineEngineers and teaching staff from WMG and the School of Engineering are proud to be representing the University of Warwick at the annual Imagineering Fair at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena this weekend (14-15 November).

About Imagineering

Each year thousands of people enjoy hundreds of activities developed and laid on by some of the UK’s major manufacturers, engineering organisations and education establishments. Visitors can learn about the importance of modern engineering in our everyday life and how things are designed and made. Youngsters are also able to meet successful real-life young engineers.

Tue 10 Nov 2015, 14:36 | Tags: Experiential Engineering STEM Education Public engagement

Inspiring Future Engineers

outreachEngineers from WMG will be running two special summer school workshops at The Royal Institution’s Science Lives Here event, in London, designed to help inspire budding engineers.

Fri 31 Jul 2015, 10:36 | Tags: STEM Margaret Low Education

WMG Academy for Young Engineers Solihull Gets Green Light

Students at the WMG Academy for Young Engineers CoventryThe Solihull Council’s planning committee has approved plans for the new WMG Academy building this week. The new Academy, which will be built on the vacant site at the corner of Chelmsley Road and Conway Road, will eventually host 640 young engineers aged 14-19.

The WMG Academy for Young Engineers Solihull is a sister Academy to the WMG Academy in Coventry. It will initially take students at years 10 (aged 14) and year 12 (aged 16) with the first intake joining in September 2016. It is expected that, as with the WMG Academy Coventry, there will be huge demand for places.

Students at the WMG Academy for Young Engineers CoventryLocal students and parents interested in finding out more about the WMG Academy Solihull can visit the WMG Academy Coventry on 20th June for a Taster Event which will run from 10am to 3pm and include taster lessons, demonstrations, tours of the building and a chance to speak to staff about the curriculum and enrichment activities. If you are interested in attending please visit the website at

Thu 21 May 2015, 09:58 | Tags: WMG Academy STEM Education

Royal Institution Engineering Summer School a hit with 13 - 15 year olds

Margaret Low at the Ri Summer SchoolOn Wednesday 13 August, Margaret Low (Principal Teaching Fellow at WMG) and Dr Simon Leigh from the University of Warwick, ran a summer school at the Royal Institution in London called Illuminating Engineering. The event showed how modern-day manufacturing links together art, science, engineering and technology in order to create new, exciting and bespoke products.

The one-day workshop demonstrated how these links can be brought together through design, software and hardware engineering skills and how engineers need to have an appreciation of the other areas to get any project off the ground. Students designed and manufactured a bespoke, interactive lamp controlled by a micro-processor, writing the software for the interactive lamp and exploring the design and production of a personalised lamp shade using digital manufacturing tools.

Fri 15 Aug 2014, 12:27 | Tags: STEM Margaret Low Education Public engagement

Topping out ceremony for new WMG Academy for Young Engineers

WMG Topping Out CeremonyOne of the first students to join the WMG Academy for Young Engineers laid a final brick yesterday as part of the topping out ceremony for the new building.

Emily Rooney, who will join the Academy in Year 12, took part in the special ceremony to mark another milestone in construction.

The first cohort of Year 10 and Year 12 students will come through the doors in September. They will spend their induction week exploring the engineering and manufacturing facilities on offer at the University of Warwick, before starting classes in the new building on Mitchell Avenue.

Mon 09 Jun 2014, 13:20 | Tags: WMG Academy STEM

Students inspire the next generation with rollercoaster excitement

Engineering Society 2014Students from the Engineering Society at the University of Warwick took part in The Market Bosworth School’s Science Fair earlier this month, to run a series of workshops with children to teach them about the forces involved in rollercoasters.

The workshops saw the children designing and building an array of impressive small-scale rollercoasters using pipe insulation, complete with stomach churning twists and turns. The creations were then tested using marbles to demonstrate the laws of motion.

Wed 02 Apr 2014, 15:56 | Tags: STEM Margaret Low

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