New scholarships launched to support women in engineering

by | Jun 24, 2024 | Good news | 0 comments

Teesside University has announced new scholarships available to students starting their first year of an engineering-related degree.

Three £8,000 scholarships will support first-year female engineers. Aimed at encouraging more women to study an engineering-related degree, they are expected to help increase the diversity of those seeking to work in current and future industries in Tees Valley.

The announcement was made ahead of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), on 23 June, which celebrates the work of female engineers across the globe.

Teesside is launching the scholarships in partnership with Enginuity and developers at power company RWE working on its 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind farm.

Offered to women starting their first year of an engineering-related degree – including bachelor’s and master’s in chemical engineering and energy engineering – the Women in Engineering Scholarship will provide £8,000 to ease the financial burden during studies. Female students expecting hardship as they study at Teesside can now apply until 23 October 2024.

“The engineering skills that you will gain through a degree or any other route into engineering will set you up for life,” said Ann Watson, CEO of UK engineering skills charity Enginuity.

“My advice would be, for women thinking about engineering as a career, is to just do it. The engineering sector is so exciting, there are so many different opportunities. You could be working in anything from automotive to space, to sustainable foods, to new energy sources, green energy, net zero. It’s got a wealth of opportunity.”

From Teesside herself, Watson added that the engineering sector needs more women, particularly in Teesside which is an engineering and manufacturing industrial heartland.

“We’ve got a skills gap of needing 200,000 new engineers every year, so it’s really important that we get the talent and the diversity into the sector.”