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 five years the bursary money has been raised through an annual film night.

Since 2013 WEST has also been 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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03 Jun 2017

Hope Tech trip

A massive thanks to everyone who took part in our trip to Hope Tech –  the world leading bike components factory.

Working with Sheffield College, we successfully inspired a group of female students about engineering. Four current and two former female engineering students from the Olive Grove engineering centre buddied up with five Y9 female students from Meadowhead School.

At the factory, the students saw computer numerical control machining, carbon fibre prototypes and laser cutters that engrave components.

They really enjoyed Hope Tech’s cutting edge facilities including watching Hope Tech employees testing out bikes on the pump track.

De-lanee Ashton, who studied mechanical engineering at Sheffield College, and is now doing an engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University, said, “It was brilliant. All my uni mates are so jealous!”

Nick Hart, engineering tutor at Sheffield College added: “Seeing the raw material coming in and then the finished components going out of the door was a privilege. It was an excellent visit with some superb students.”

We picked up some press coverage about the trip in the Sheffield Star and on Hallam FM.

We’d love to arrange some more inspiring visits to industry – so if you’ve got any contacts or ideas, please get in touch.

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