Summer school inspires engineers of the future


The Faculty of Engineering last week welcomed 50 national female Year 11 school pupils to the Diamond Building to learn about how they can transform the world through science, technology, engineering and maths at the annual Inspire Summer School event.

In conjunction with the Department of Computer Science led by Dr Emma Norling, the three day residential summer school is aimed at female school pupils who intend to study A Level Maths and Science. The event is designed specifically to give them the opportunity to learn new skills, increase their knowledge of engineering and inspire the future generation as part of the Women in Engineering and recruitment initiative.

Gemma Greenup, International EU and UK Recruitment Manager, said: “The University of Sheffield is committed to inspiring and encouraging young women to pursue an education and career in the engineering industry, an industry in which the engineering workforce is currently 94 percent white and 91 percent male. We have run the summer school successfully over the last few years and feedback has always been positive. We hope that these young women will be inspired enough to consider applying to undertake their degree in engineering or computer science at the University of Sheffield when the time comes.”

The pupils took part in mini-lectures including sustainability presented by Dr Abigail Hathway from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering; carried out group tasks working together to produce project plans, designs and presentations; and measured how tough chocolate can be in the Danger Lab.

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