Only 11% of design business leaders are women according to research from Kerning the Gap. Our industry is not the only one that suffers from the lack of representation from women. Engineering, a traditionally male-dominated field, also has a pitifully low percentage of women going into the industry. But there is hope. Many companies have begun to realise the benefits of having a diverse workforce, 67% of Fortune 500 companies have vowed to make diversity inclusion a priority.

I went to the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Women in Engineering event on 6th November to find out about and hear from some of the incredible women paving the way for a new generation of women in STEM.

Throughout the event we heard from women excelling in their various fields of engineering. It was inspiring to hear from women excelling in their respective fields, and Young Woman Engineer of the Year award winners: Sophie Harker, Melissa Ahmed & Ozak Esu.

As women account for 85% of all consumer purchases, it is imperative for women to be represented in the product design industry. Brunel Designers care about the big issues. In our graduate show you will see projects addressing some of the big issues of our generation including health, equality and the climate crisis.

The MADE IN BRUNEL showcase will be in June 2020 at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf.