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Haifa leads Insight for two decades

Jul 12, 2018

Site visit to Airbus
Site visit to Airbus

Young women aspiring to be engineers received a taste of their future careers thanks to the University of Salford and Headstart.

More than 100 teenagers aged 14-17 took part in the renowned Insight and Dragonfly programmes, which are designed to encourage girls interested in science and engineering into exciting degree courses, industries and careers.

The University, in partnership with Headstart hosted a four-day residential course for year 12 girls from all over the UK and a one-day course for year 10 girls from local schools.

 The residential ‘Insight School’ features talks by female engineers, practical workshops, site visits to local industries and the opportunity to meet other young women interested in following an engineering career. All of the students stay on the Salford campus to get a taste of university life.

The programme is organised by Professor Haifa Takruri who was made MBE in 2009 for her services to encouraging women into engineering and science. This is the 20th year Haifa has led the Insight course which is a remarkable achievement.

Haifa said: “The participants really enjoy the week, and we hope it helps them make the right decision about their future studies and careers in engineering and science.

 “Visiting the University and industries to see engineering in action makes a huge difference in understanding what would a career in engineering and science entail.

 "I am indebted to all my colleagues who continue to support the programme unconditionally, and would like to thank the companies and organisations who have made it possible."

Dean of School, Professor Sunil Vadera said: “Once again, I’ve been very fortunate to witness the enjoyment and enthusiasm that Insight has provided to the year 12 girls visiting the University from throughout the country.  I am grateful to Haifa Takruri and colleagues who have been hosting the Insight event for 20 years, and to our industry partners such as Airbus, Arup, BBC, Specialised Ability Centre and Gamma for their support.”

The University has been involved with the Insight programme from its inception around 30 years ago.

You can see some photographs from the latest Insight and Dragonfly programme on our Flickr account below.

Insight and Dragonfly 2018