The UKESF is launching an exciting initiative to encourage the UK’s brightest female engineering prospects to choose Electronics.

Announcing the Dialog Award for Female Undergraduates

In 2017, only 540 UK females started Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE) degrees, which represents 16% of the overall numbers of UK students studying EEE degrees (UCAS). In the engineering and technology workforce, less than 10% in Electronics are female (The IET 2017 Skills Survey). In order to proactively address the gender imbalance in the Electronics sector in the UK, the UKESF has collaborated with Dialog Semiconductor on a new initiative: the Dialog Award for Female Undergraduates.

Dialog Semiconductor is a long-standing corporate partner of the UKESF and major participant in the UKESF Scholarship Scheme. More widely, education partnerships are a key part of Dialog’s CSR strategy. The new award will support a number of female undergraduates who are commencing the first year of their studies on Electronics-related degree courses at leading UK universities. Award winners will receive a one-off bursary of £1,500, a paid summer work placement at Dialog and paid-for student membership of WES.

The Dialog Award for Female Undergraduates offers an integrated approach and follow-on opportunity for academically capable and highly motivated girls, who have already been identified as future leaders in engineering, to pursue careers in Electronics.

Stew Edmondson, CEO, UKESF, said, “At the UKESF we are all about moving beyond talk to take action to tackle our skills shortage. Therefore, I’m thrilled to be working with Dialog Semiconductor to launch this exciting initiative. With Dialog’s generous support, we will be encouraging the country’s brightest female engineering prospects to choose Electronics for their university studies.”

David Carter, HR Director, Dialog Semiconductor, said, “At Dialog we’re committed to encouraging Electronics as a fantastic career for all engineering students. This initiative particularly focuses on supporting female engineers into the industry and we’re excited to provide both financial assistance and industry experience as part of this award.”

Applications for the award will open at the beginning of June – click HERE for full details, including eligibility and how to apply.