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As one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, Atkins’ people have been celebrating National Women in Engineering Day in a variety of different ways, including being part of a Guinness World Record breaking event organised by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) at London’s Horse Guard’s.

Atkins participated in a number of events across the country to challenge current perceptions about the engineering profession and promote it as a career for everyone.

Allan Cook, Atkins’ chairman, commented on the activity: “National Women in Engineering Day is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of women in our industry and how we’ve all been collectively moving the profession forward, one step at a time, over the last decade. It is absolutely critical – to our sector and to our businesses - that we build on this momentum and making sure we continue to challenge the out-dated perceptions of our profession. Everyone should know that engineering is #notjustforboys. Let’s encourage and inspire the whole nation!”

Some of the events we were involved with included:
- co-hosted an all day event with the ICE at the University of Birmingham, with female year nine students being taught about how civil engineering can help minimise the impact of flooding using a Lego model of Oxford at the University of Birmingham
- helped launch the WISE Bristol Hub at the University of Bristol
- one of our engineers spoke at a WES event in London talking about returning to work after a career or maternity break.
- we joined our clients such as Highways England, Transport for London and Wiltshire County Council  in promoting women in engineering internally and to school students
- we visited schools to talk to young students to raise awareness of the careers in engineering

We also held a live Twitter chat with several of our inspirational women, and staff from across the UK, Middle East and North America sent in ‘selfies’ of themselves at work, extending the support of the #notjustforboys campaign  across the globe. Allan reinforced his support in a short film on why he supports the campaign.

Organised by WES the day is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering whilst also showcasing the great engineering careers that are available for girls in school. Click here to read opinion pieces from our people promoting the importance of women in the profession.


For more information:

Eleanor Campion
Communications executive
Tel: +44 203 214 8963

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