The Science 23

The website is called The Scientific 23 because each interviewee was asked 23 questions:  web link: here. However here ere are some interesting facts about the number 23:

We’re not saying that there’s anything special about the number 23, but it’s certainly an interesting number!

Girls who Code! Looking for recruits for Summer 2015 programme…

If you would like to find out more about this initiative for girls who code see here. This is for US residents and not for UK girls but I’ve posted this to show you all how much interest there is in promoting this opportunity and the career openings in the USA! The Women in STEM forum in London later  this month highlights the need for girls not to ignore careers in science with a debate on how to promote science careers to girls- see forum details. Maybe a representative from Skirting Science should attend?

Lucy Ackland wins WES Prize

Gloucestershire engineer recognised as inspiration to future generation of female engineers – 11 December 2014

Hear interview from Lucy here.

Young engineer Lucy Ackland, who works for Renishaw plc in Staffordshire, has been awarded the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) prize for her ground breaking work in 3D-Printing at the prestigious IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards ceremony in London last night. Recognising outstanding female engineers has never been so important after recent statistics from the IET’s Skills and Demand in Industry survey showed that women represent only 6% of the engineering workforce. Further IET research showed that only 1% of parents of girls were likely to encourage their daughters into engineering, compared to 11% for parents of boys. 

Lucy said: “I’m so happy to have won this award – it means a lot to be recognised for the work I do in a really exciting, upcoming industry. I’m pleased to be considered a role model for future generations of female engineers because I believe engineering is a really enjoyable career choice but sometimes people are put off by misleading stereotypes.”


Michelle Richmond, IET Director of Membership, said: “The lack of women in engineering is a very significant problem, contributing to skills shortages which damage the economy. The shocking reality is that the UK is missing out on half of its potential engineering and technology workforce by failing to attract women into the industry. It also means that women are losing out on interesting and rewarding career opportunities. The difficulty in attracting women into engineering is down to a combination of things: from the careers advice girls are given in schools, to schools not instilling girls with the confidence to opt for science and maths at A-level, through to employers needing to do more to make their approach to recruitment and retention more female friendly. But it’s also a result of the lack of inspirational engineering role models for girls – which is where our Young Woman Engineer of the Year winners can play a vital role.”


Dawn Bonfield, WES President, said: “The Women’s Engineering Society is delighted that this award goes to Lucy Ackland, who has already done an enormous amount to engage and inspire the next generation of female engineers. We are looking forward to working with Lucy this year to do even more for young people, and crucially their parents, in changing stereotypes of the engineering sector and especially of the apprenticeship route into engineering. Congratulations Lucy.”


Chris Pockett, Head of Communications at Renishaw plc. said: “We are very proud of what Lucy has already achieved during her engineering career with Renishaw and her tireless work, often in her own time, to promote STEM-based careers to young people. The WES Prize is fantastic national recognition of this work and we know that she will continue to be a great ambassador for the engineering sector over the coming years.”