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UTC Reading celebrate Women in Engineering

To carry on celebrations from International Women in Engineering Day in June, Thames Water hosted a further virtual event, bringing together a team of speakers to recognise the impact of women in this field. 

Stephanie Mitchell, UTC Reading’s Executive Director for Careers and Destinations/Director of Design and Technology and Elise Hammond, Year 11 Engineering student, were both speakers on the panel discussing their experiences of being a female in industry. 

From Thames Water, we heard from Dina Gillespie, Area Operations Manager, Katherine Whatley, ICA Technician and Cheryl Atkinson, Systems Operator.  

Dina Gillespie and Cheryl Atkinson spoke about their roles as female engineers, how they have fought against prejudice and assumptions about their abilities and how the engineering industry is changing.  

Katherine Whatley spoke about how the industry is changing, how she has been welcomed into Thames Water as a female apprentice and how much she enjoys the variety of work that she undertakes for the company.  

Stephanie Mitchell discussed how she has generally been in the minority in engineering teaching departments throughout her career and how UTC Reading is trying to redress the balance and attract more young women into STEM subjects and careers.  

Elise Hammond spoke about her experience at UTC Reading over the last two years and her love of engineering. The event was inspiring and educational, celebrating the achievements of female engineers and giving insight into the next generation of female engineers.  

You can watch back the recording in full here: 

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