The WEST Fund was established in memory of Ros Wall who was instrumental in setting up a range of local and national projects to encourage women and girls to take up careers in non-traditional roles in Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment.

WEST is a voluntary organisation based in Sheffield and run by a group of trustees who have been involved in this area since the 1980s.

Every year WEST makes small bursaries to offer practical support to women and girls who are learning or working in a non-traditional role or would like to do start to do this. For the last three years the bursary money has been raised through an annual film night.

In 2013 WEST received funds to develop outreach work. It is now working with three partners and other organisations to encourage girls and women in Sheffield to get involved in subjects and careers that they might not usually consider.

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22 Jul 2014

8 Ages of Engineering Women!

To celebrate National Women in Engineering Day last month, WEST got together with our partners at WISET and 8 very talented women to take this photo. The 8 engineering women from left to right are:

  • Kathleen Roberts (92). One of Sheffield’s Women of Steel, Kathleen worked in the steelworks during World War 2.
  • Ros Wollen (65). Now retired, Ros had a long career in mechanics including running a female garage and being the AA’s first female roadside assistant in the north of England.
  • Sajhda Parveen (39). Sajhda is a trained mechanical engineer who now lectures in engineering and product design at Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Aisha Tengku Ahmad (35). Aisha is a project engineer with Northern Powergrid. She went back to work after a career break, and her job involves looking after overhead line systems, undergound cables and substations.
  • Simone Robinson (24). Simone has just finished a degree in Forensic Engineering and is embarking on a career in engineering.
  • Audrey Chivaura (19). A WEST bursary winner in 2014, Audrey has just completed her extended diploma in engineering at Sheffield College. She is off now to do a degree in Engineering and Robotics.
  • Annalise Campbell (14). A student at Ridgewood School in Doncaster, Annalise has chosen to do GCSE in engineering because she thinks it is a really interesting subject that opens the door to loads of different things.
  • Kathryn Smith (4). Kathryn wants to be a princess when she grows up. And a scientist or engineer too!

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