Society of the Year 2020/21

WISE: Women in Science and Engineering


Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) has excelled this year. The society worked tirelessly to provide a well-rounded experience for their members and run more events than ever: 23 in total with 18 being in collaboration with other societies. Popular annual events such as WISE Inspire were adapted for virtual online audiences, and WISE collaborated with the University Developer Student Club to create the Python Basics 101 workshops, which saw over 40 people attending the first session. The second annual Equal in STEM conference ran in collaboration with BEaMS; oSTEM and 93% Club and brought together over 100 students, professionals and academics to discuss prevalent barriers in STEM and how they could be overcome. WISE also threw themselves into celebrating International Women’s Day and aided
in the creation and promotion of EPS’ Meet Your Alumni series, as well as running a diverse array of individual events including a university-wide #ChooseToChallenge social media campaign, a resilience and confidence workshop and a series of inspirational interviews featuring past WISE alumni. WISE nurtured its connection to members with a strong social media presence, posting everything from how to cope with exam stress to pumpkin carving competitions. WISE kept its outreach programme alive by engaging with schools in Birmingham to give girls throughout the wider community access to inspirational role models and science activities during these challenging times. Whilst this only scratches the surface of all that WISE has done, it certainly proves them worthy of this award.