The first of a series of coffee mornings was held for all the female students at UTC Heathrow on Thursday 9 December, organised by Gemma Gardiner, Pastoral Support Manager, as part of our drive to increase the amount of women entering STEM careers.
“At UTC Heathrow we want to help raise the profile of women in Engineering and focus on the amazing career opportunities available to our female students in the engineering industry,” said Gemma.
“We want them to feel comfortable enough to raise any issues they have as a young female in a male-dominated environment and use the [coffee morning] opportunity to meet the governors and other female staff members, to share ideas on what they want to see more of and gain any advice on. We want to support our students as women in engineering.”
This week’s coffee morning included a talk from ex-student and Young Women Engineer of the Year, Dilani Selvanathan, who shared the details of her journey to inspire the next generation of young female engineers at UTC Heathrow.
She shared her passion for robotics, as well as her great resilience and exceptional determination to succeed in her career as a young woman.
She encouraged our young women to follow their dreams, put the hard work in and to not let anything stop or define them as a person.