WMG at the University of Warwick will be lending a hand to budding young engineers from The Richard Crosse C of E Primary School in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, in their quest to build and race their very own electric kit car.
Class five at Richard Crosse won a competition run by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to become one of eight schools presented with a Greenpower Goblin kit car.
Each winning school is partnered with an APC Spoke - in this case WMG, who will offer guidance and support to the students.
The children, aged 9-11, have been given an electric kit car to design, build and race - guided by their teachers and WMG mentors. Once complete, the children will compete against each other in a regional Greenpower IET Formula Goblin race in summer 2018.
Formula Goblin has been set up with help from the Greenpower Education Trust to address the skills gap that is growing in the UK automotive industry by engaging students in engineering at a young age. It is designed to engage students with maths, science and design technology in a fun way, promoting equality regardless of economic background and gender.
We’ve joined forces with our friends at Warwick Engineering Society to offer free places to sixth form pupils at the ‘Colony: The Future of Living Spaces’ conference, on Wednesday 8th November.
The conference, run by students from Warwick’s School of Engineering, is specifically aimed at sixth form pupils who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering or science.
The event will share interesting ideas and projects that scientists are currently working on taking you on an exhilarating journey starting underground, towards the surface, and beyond the clouds!
A profile of Florence Hopper, the Young Women’s Trust ‘Exceptional Apprentice’ 2017 award winner (sponsored by WMG).
1. What advice would you offer to other young women starting out in their careers?
Network. Talk to, and get to know, as many people in the organisation as you can. It always helps to have friendly faces around the office, that way when you have a query you know people who can point you in the right direction. Take every opportunity that arises to grow your network, get involved in projects, or help with the company’s charity team.
Be proactive. Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Instead ask them to show you how to do something, or ask if there’s anything you can help with. Often people are busy and perhaps don’t realise you have the time or capacity to help. By getting involved you learn more about the business and increase your knowledge, as well as demonstrating that you are willing to help.
Be persistent. Success can rarely be achieved without a great deal of hard work, and if it feels like you’re struggling it doesn’t mean that you are failing. Every set back is an opportunity to learn. It’s important to stay positive and keep working hard, even if it’s tough. The hard work will pay off.
And finally, be the best version of yourself that you can. Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way – you never know where it could take you.
WMG was delighted to welcome today, Professor Sir Mark Walport FRS, the Government Chief Scientific Advisor, accompanied by Dr Rupert Lewis, Director of the Government Office for Science.
Sir Mark had the opportunity to discuss science, engineering and wealth creation innovations from WMG and how WMG works side-by-side with industry to enable the creation and delivery of innovative new products, processes and services. After meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, he undertook a tour of WMG’s world-class research facilities, including the International Manufacturing Centre and the Energy Innovation Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shaheen 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.
Engineers 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).
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.