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Salford Trailblazers attend USA/UK STEM dinner

Apr 15, 2019

Two University of Salford engineering students, Alexandra Guy (3rd year Aeronautical Engineering) and Rosalie Benjamin (2nd Year Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies) were invited to join an American delegation of inspiring women engineers last Wednesday to discuss the future of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The two students were part of this industry discussion to share what work both students are doing to champion gender equality here at Salford.

Alexandra Guy said: “I had an absolutely amazing time at the Trailblazers STEM evening speaking to everyone! All the participants were so supportive of each other and all so passionate about what they do, and I think that’s such an amazing thing to see in the industry.

“I wouldn’t think twice about doing this type of event again. Being able to inspire, and have a say in what should be involved to engage future generations, is definitely something to get involved in.”

This opportunity was organised by Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE, Director of the Blair Project.  The Blair Project is a disruptive social enterprise that exists to inspire the next generation of high-tech engineers through electric karting and digital manufacturing and design project-based activities.  The Maker Space, and partners, global technical recruitment company, Morson Group have developed good relationships with Marilyn and the Blair Project and are working with them to bring exciting opportunities like this to our students, but also to discuss challenging issues, problem solve and inspire students to make change.  

Dr. Maria Stukoff, Director of the Maker Space explained: “Such events highlight the importance of championing female role models studying and working in STEM subjects and normalising females in STEM roles, breaking down stigma and challenging outdated viewpoints from primary school to University and into employment”.

Morson Group have pledged to increase the number of female engineering contractors by 50% by 2020 and are well on their way to doing this.  The Maker Space is sponsoring, with Morson Group, the STEMinist Society, a student society set up with the goal to champion gender equality in STEM subjects across the Schools. We are also very proud to support the University’s Athena Swan charter to recognise the advancement of gender equality across campus.

You can get involved in the STEMinist Society by contacting Carmen Cusack.