WES Student Group

welbeck dsfc wes student group

On 02 October 2015, the Welbeck DSFC WES Student Group was launched - the first time a group of its kind has been set up at a sixth-form college in the UK.  The group was set up by and is being led by Lisa Hawkins, a WES member who works at the college.

The launch of the WES Group was introduced by the Principal, Peter Middleton, then WES was introduced by Past President and Welbeck Governor Sue Bird.   Sarah Hainsworth, Professor of Materials and Forensic Science at Leicester University,  a WES Fellow, gave a presentation on her work, including that in the automotive industry investigating mechanical properties and failure mechanisms of coated components, and also of tool mark analysis and stabbing investigations, which were used in the recent examination of the skeleton of Richard III.  Prof. Hainsworth also answered questions from the students and gave some invaluable advice about their future careers as engineers.

After the formal part of the event, tea (and cake) was taken by about 30 Welbeck students, who talked to Prof. Hainsworth, and other women engineers who were present, including past Welbeck students, and members of the WES group at Loughborough University.

The group, which currently has over 30 members, plans to meet on a monthly basis, to hear talks from inspiring female engineers from both the armed forces and wider engineering-related local industries.

The group has already planned its first outing to the National Space Centre in Leicester, which will take place on Sunday 15 November 2015, where they will take part in a team-building type Mission Control activity.

For further information about the Welbeck DSFC WES student group, please contact wesgroup@dsfc.ac.uk.




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