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Fast Tracking Innovation in STEM Inspiration

Winning the Innovation in STEM Inspiration award, the Fast Trackers programme was praised for its engaging and comprehensive mix of activities. James Richards, Engineering Capability Manager at Network Rail, tells us more about how the programme was put together.The Fast Trackers programme has defined a new benchmark in award-winning...

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STEM skills in any career

Does studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at school, college or university mean you can only do STEM for the rest of your life? Can you only do that bit of STEM that you’ve been taught for the rest of your life? The answer to that is a huge, fat no!I am an engineer that works in education. And I know a physicist who is a...

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How I became a civil engineer

Mimi-Isabella Nwosu, describes herself as a 'concrete enthusiast' but it hasn't always been that way, almost dropping out of university because she had so little interest in the science course she was studying. Now an assistant materials engineer and STEM Ambassador, Mimi explains her journey to finding the area within STEM she really...

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What does an engineer look like?

As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, we asked engineers in our STEM Ambassador community to demonstrate the incredible diversity of people and roles that exist in the sector.A big thank you to everyone who sent in descriptions of their jobs, along with photos. It was truly inspiring to read through your contributions. Here are a selection of your...

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Why outreach completes your degree

Before starting university I had never heard of outreach, and I definitely didn’t know how rewarding it could be to share my love of science with the local community. That changed when I joined the Women in Science and Engineering Society (WISE), became a STEM Ambassador and started running local afterschool science clubs.Based at the...

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The building blocks to my career as an engineer

Silvia Re, a Senior Systems Engineer at Transport for London, has been a STEM Ambassador for the last two years. Silvia shares why she decided to become a STEM Ambassador and what this experience has given her so far.I became a STEM Ambassador because my manager at the time mentioned he was doing it and I got intrigued by the idea. I immediately...

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Powering imaginations through engineering

Engineering in the spotlight: we're celebrating the wonder of the world of engineering, and the inspiring individuals who inhabit it. Dinale Karunaratne, a bioengineer at DePuy Synthes, shares her experiences of working in the engineering sector and gives advice to those who are considering becoming bioengineers.What does your...

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Inspiring tomorrow's engineers today

Who are tomorrow's engineers? I'd argue that every single student in your classroom could be an engineer.Typically, if you ask someone what an 'engineer' is they will reply with one or more of the following descriptors: introverted, nerdy, clever, fixes things, problem solver, dirty, mechanic, overalls, hard hat. And they work on cars, planes,...

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STEM Ambassadors: keeping Rail Week on track

With a huge shortage of young people seeing engineering as a career choice for them, Network Rail is passionate about promoting it as something that will open a world of possibility for them in the future.In my role as Project Leader at Network Rail, I am fortunate enough to be involved in the Government-led ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign.This has...

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Engineering through the generations: Amy’s story

Amy Jones is an Apprentice Engineer at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). She shares her reasons for entering the sector and the importance of raising awareness of women in engineering.What inspired you to do engineering?My inspiration is my great-grandfather, who was a toolmaker during the Second World War, and my grandad, who was an...

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