Women in Engineering programme


The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.

This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.


Women in Engineering Award 2015/16

The Women in Engineering Programme offers a £10,000 award to 30 selected female students studying one of the relevant MSc engineering courses, starting in September 2015.

To be eligible to apply for the Women in Engineering Award, you must be:

  • Progressing from an undergraduate study having paid the higher tuition fee (since 2012/13)
  • Domiciled in the UK or EU
  • Accepted to study one of the relevant MSc full-time courses

Information for Applicants

Course of Study

The Women in Engineering programme will run alongside whichever MSc course you select from the list below, and will complement the study of theory and application of that discipline through contact with industry. The relevant MSc courses are:

Please note that this list may be extended as organisations in other areas of engineering industry commit to contributing to the Women in Engineering programme sponsorship. If you, or your employer, would like to know more about this collaboration with Brunel University London, please contact the programme manager, Petra Gratton at WomenInEngineering@brunel.ac.uk.

Programme Content

The extent of the programme, and your obligations, will be fully explained during an induction meeting at the start of the academic year. The core of the programme will be a series of events throughout the term that take place on and off campus. These will usually take place during the day but there will be some evening events. Through these, you will have the opportunity to visit engineering facilities and institutions, and meet with people who may inspire ideas that form the basis for your dissertation project, or identify companies where you wish to continue your career.


At the beginning of your academic course, you will be matched to a professional mentor from industry, who will be available to you to discuss your personal professional development in the engineering profession. This professional relationship is in addition to the personal tutor or project supervisor you are assigned by the University as part of your course. Your mentor may be someone working in industry that you wish to develop your career in. The parameters of the relationship, and the frequency and conduct of meetings, will be explained during induction. You will be asked for further information prior to the start of the course to ensure the most relevant match.

Please make initial enquiries to the email address below:

Email: wie-mentoring@brunel.ac.uk

Personal Professional Development Training

During the programme you will also receive transferable skills training; topics will include active networking, delivering presentations, research methods and writing for publication. You will also be encouraged to develop your dissertation report to publishable quality, and a prize will be awarded to the best dissertation by a female student.


Your principle obligation will be to fully engage with the Women in Engineering programme. This will be through contact with your mentor, and participation in the programme’s events. Upon completion of your degree course, you will also be asked to undertake an activity to promote your engineering profession, such as participating in a conference, authoring a magazine article, publishing a blog, or presenting a talk at a school careers day, which may be used in future publicity by Brunel University London.

Your participation in the Women in Engineering programme will not need to end at graduation.

Selection Criteria


There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.

Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.

Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1  August 2015.


Programme Manager: Mrs Petra Gratton
Email: WomenInEngineering@brunel.ac.uk

School of Engineering and Design (marketing office)
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266634 Email: sed-pg-admissions@brunel.ac.uk

Information for Engineering Employers

The Women in Engineering programme includes the opportunity for engineering organisations to contact a select group of engineering graduates who are being coached for leading positions in their profession. Through mentoring, contributing speakers, hosting visits and supporting research projects for MSc dissertations, you have the opportunity to promote your organisation to all other participants in the Women in Engineering programme, both students and contributors.

We are seeking partnerships in the following areas:

Participation in Mentoring in the Women in Engineering programme

Mentoring brings huge benefits in personal development both to those who are mentored, and those who mentor. Many large organisations, including those in engineering, recognise this win-win situation, and run mentoring schemes for their own employees, or for schoolchildren. Mentoring for the Women in Engineering programme will put you, or your organisation, in contact with prospective employees who are preparing for the workplace, and have a technical education. As the ‘mentees’ will be academically qualified to pursue Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, we are seeking mentors of at least equal standing (recognised professionals), although mentors need not be CEng. Mentors will be required to undertake our programme’s training, and agree to the code of conduct of the programme. There will be opportunities for mentors to network with each other.

If you are interested in mentoring with the Women in Engineering programme, please contact the programme manager, Petra Gratton, at WomenInEngineering@brunel.ac.uk.

Contributing Speakers

We are seeking inspirational speakers for a series of talks about how to get in, or succeed in, engineering as a woman. If you are woman in engineering in a senior position in your industry, or if you have such a woman in your organisation, who you could introduce me to, please email me (Petra Gratton) at WomenInEngineering@brunel.ac.uk.

Visits to Industry

Sometimes the easiest way of explaining what an engineering organisation does is to visit one of their facilities, and meet the people who work there. Through discussion with site staff, a clearer or deeper understanding is gained of the technical and commercial processes that are involved in your operation. By inviting small groups participants in the Women in Engineering programme to visit you, you would make contact both with the group who visit you (giving them a ‘feel’ for your workplace), and with their peers, who they will tell about it. 

Brunel University London is based in west London, which has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. If you would be willing to give a group of students a personal insight into your business, please contact the programme manager, Petra Gratton, at WomenInEngineering@brunel.ac.uk.

Research Projects

Each of the students in the Women in Engineering programme is studying for a Master’s of Science degree, and must complete a substantial piece of original research for her dissertation project. Such projects are often inspired by real problems encountered in industry. If you have an idea for a graduate project, which could form the basis of a project (worked on mainly between June and September), and which ‘fits’ with the engineering disciplines listed, then please contact the Marketing Office of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, at sed-pg-admissions@brunel.ac.uk, who will forward your enquiry to the Project Co-ordinator in the relevant discipline.

Sponsorship, Support and Sustainability

The Women in Engineering programme at Brunel University London has been enabled by funding and support from a number of sources including the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Babcock International Group, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and TWI Ltd. Reception of the idea has been overwhelmingly positive, and it is anticipated that we will see more women engineering graduates from Brunel University London in 2015 than we have had in previous years.

However, we do not see this as a one off programme by any means:
In October 2012, the Royal Academy of Engineering identified the need for at least 100,000 STEM graduates a year to maintain the status quo of the UK economy, whilst at that time only 90,000 STEM students graduate annually and, as around a quarter of engineering students choose non-SET occupations, there is already a shortfall. If the contribution of engineering to the UK economy is to be sustainable, then engineering industry must develop social capital amongst the half of the population, who have not traditionally been attracted to professional practice. The Women in Engineering programme is part of the initiative to persuade a much-underrepresented group to rise through engineering careers, and form the future leaders of their discipline.

If you’d like to be part of the future of the Women in Engineering programme, either now or at a later date, email WomenInEngineering@brunel.ac.uk.

Page last updated: Monday 09 November 2015