Women in engineering
Few engineering schools are led by a female academic, but ours is. Professor Alice Larkin, formerly Head of School in MACE, is the Head of School of Engineering at Manchester and upholds our core values of diversity and equality. She is rapidly driving forward our Department - and others in the School of Engineering - to improve diversity and the representation of female staff and students.
Diversity is a great thing – and one that can only benefit engineering and help to solve societal challenges. At the moment, men dominate engineering graduates – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Come to Manchester and be a part of that change!Professor Alice Larkin / Head of Engineering, The University of Manchester
The future looks bright for women in engineering. More female students than ever before are entering our Department, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and the workplace is also rapidly adapting; more companies now recognise the value of a gender-diverse workforce. These changes and the societal importance of engineering, combined with clearer opportunities and career progression, is inspiring more women to take up engineering as a profession. Our students are taught by and have access to our inspiring female members of staff and benefit from our award-winning peer-to-peer mentor schemes.
Hear from our women
In Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering we have many talented female engineers, both students and staff, and here are just a few of them telling us a bit more about what motivates them and why they are passionate about engineering.
'All the problems of the world will be solved by engineers'.
MEng Aerospace Engineering student Ruth explains her inspiration to make a difference through science.
Watch Ruth's video
'It’s not about being a boy or being a female, it’s a matter of being hard-working'.
Michelle tells us how her passion for engineering led her to a master’s in Construction Project Management.
Watch Michelle's video
'I like to think of engineering as using science to solve problems'.
Phoebe, a PhD researcher in Management of Projects, explains how civil engineering informs all of our built environment.
Watch Phoebe's video
'We need to take care of our planet for the next generation'.
Mojgan, a lecturer in Geo-Environmental Engineering explains why the grand challenges ahead need passionate problem-solvers.
Watch Mojgan's video
Women in engineering events
Watch our celebration event for our women in engineering and check back soon for more events and activities you can get involved in.