Welcome to SETwomen

A UK wide survey was carried out to test the demand for a national SET community membership organisation, and received strong endorsement of the four key potential activities. Since that time we have been exploring options for funding such a community, and are keeping subscribers to our newsletter updated on progress.

In the interim, we’ve been supporting exciting events such as the PassionIT global initiative. Many UK role models volunteered to participate and capture their everyday life to help inspire others to pursue a career in technology, and we thank them for sharing their stories and their passions.

From sunrise in Antarctica to sunset in Hawaii – spanning a 44 hour day we followed the lives of 36 women in technology across the globe.

The end result – the “Doing IT Around the World Album Series” and the “August 11 – A Day in the Life of Diary” tells amazing real life stories and is a great educational tool for school children. It’s also a motivational tool for women in the industry to help address the issue of retaining women in the technology, by demonstrating the multiple career paths and geographic locations that women with technology skills can and do take up.

Read more about the project, see the albums and read the diaries and please forward to your contacts, especially those interacting with young women.

You can now access a copy of the survey report by clicking here (PDF 330k). Four of the potential activities of a national network were consistently supported:

  1. Supporting participation of girls in science, engineering and technology.
  2. Provision and promotion of career and personal development training.
  3. Meeting other women scientists, engineers and technologists, enabling women to share experiences and knowledge, for example, strategies for work-life balance or coping in a male-dominated environment.
  4. An independent, national voice for women in science, engineering or technology with which to influence public policy, employers and public perceptions.

If you’d like one of the UK Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors to talk to your school, college or organisation to help inspire more girls and young women to think about SET enterprise as a career option, please visit the UKFEA site here.

Podcasts from women in SET enterprise

As part of the Enterprising Women project, the East of England Development Agency and YTKO have funded a unique series of podcasts with women in SET enterprise.