Women Like Me

Pairs senior women engineers with junior women engineers, who are supported to undertake outreach in local schools and public events.

Women Like Me is a dynamic peer mentoring and outreach project aimed at boosting female representation in engineering and construction careers at all levels. Our unique program pairs senior women engineers/property professionals with their junior counterparts, fostering mentoring relationships supported through various events. Plus, we provide training and opportunities for junior women to engage in engineering education outreach in local schools and at public events, providing positive role models for young girls.

Only 12% of engineers in the UK are women. In order to increase the number of women in engineering, both recruitment and retention are important – more girls need to connect with engineering as a creative, socially conscious, collaborative discipline, and more women need to be supported to make a difference in the workplace. Women Like Me is addressing this by pairing mid-career women engineers with junior women engineers in the Bristol and Bath area to provide career and public engagement mentoring. Through this approach, the project will lead to impact both in the workplace today, and for the future of the engineering profession.

Previously funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant and DETI, we now have additional funding from the Office for Students for an additional cohort focussed on degree apprentices.

Women Like Me has been running for over five years and is led by Dr Laura Fogg Rogers with support from Ana Bristow through the Curiosity Connections network.

For more information, please email engineeringourfuture@uwe.ac.uk or follow the project on X (formerly Twitter) @EngOurFutureUWE or LinkedIn.

Women Like Me

Watch our short video to find out more about the impact that our mentoring programme has had so far.