Embracing Change in Engineering:
do equality, diversity & inclusion matter?

Monday 3 December 2018

We hosted a full day of presentations and discussions on Monday 3 December in the Sackville Street Building at the University of Manchester.

This successful event was a forum for discussion and reflection between academics, researchers, professionals (and policy makers) around the following current challenges:

1) The UK doesn’t have enough engineers to meet the demands of industry.

2) The UK lags behind its European neighbours in the number of women engineers in particular (at just 9%) but engineers from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities are even less well represented.

This event provided the opportunity to consider 'what works' but it was also about what might or might not reproduce structural inequalities, discrimination and problematic ways of working. Motivated by presentations from experts in the field of education, engineering and professionals with varied expertise in the field, we shared creative ideas to improve the situation with an ultimate aim to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

This event was open to everyone with an interest in engineering education and/or equality, diversity and inclusion. The event was funded by the ESRC, Jaguar Land Rover, the Women’s Engineering Society, IBM UK Ltd. and AEON Engineering Ltd.