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Kate McIlwain
11/03/2009

Number of women in engineering jumps six-fold

Enrolments in the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (SECTE) have usually included only one or two women in each year.

But this year, much to the surprise of staff, that figure has soared to 12 – meaning that 20% of first year SECTE students are women.

To mark the occasion the school held a first-year women in engineering lunch today (Wednesday) so the students had a chance to meet each other and female staff in the faculty.

Lecturer in the School, Dr Montse Ros hosted the lunch and told the students about the different ways they can be a part of the traditionally male-dominated faculty.

“Throughout your degree, you should voice your ideas about how to make courses more female friendly,” she told the group.

She also encouraged students to apply for scholarships, attend Women in Engineering conferences, and get involved by becoming student representatives.

Dr Ros said the lunch was an important step in making the new students feel welcome in a traditionally male-dominated field.

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