School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Jennison Lecture: 'Women in Engineering - 9% is not enough! What we can all do to improve it’ by Victoria Roots of BAE Systems (Kent alumna and recently named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering)

Published: 09/08/2017

The IET proudly sponsor the fourth, annual Jennison Lecture, hosted by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts entitled: 'Women in Engineering - 9% is not enough!  What we can all do to improve it’.  This will be delivered by Kent alumna, Victoria Roots, BEng (Hons) MIET, Senior Systems Engineer, Electronic Systems, BAE Systems on Wednesday 1st November 2017 from 6 - 7 pm in Jennison Lecture Theatre.

Currently, fewer than 10% of the engineering workforce are women, and with a large skills gap in the sector looming, and the additional need for a more diverse workforce, it has never been more important to encourage girls to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics.

Victoria graduated from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent in 2009 with a 1st class BEng (Hons) in Electronics and Communications Engineering. She moved into teaching ICT at a secondary school for three years until deciding to move back into the engineering field. She joined the Graduate Program at  BAE Systems in Kent in 2012 as a Graduate Systems Engineer. During the Graduate scheme, Victoria took on extra assignments as Early Careers Coordinator and Univeristy of Kent Campus Manager. By raising the profile of the BAE Systems Rochester site within the local area and encouraging young people into engineering, she was awarded the Graduate Community Achievement Award in 2014. She completed the Graduate scheme in 2014 and is currently a  Senior Systems Engineer.

On 23rd June 2017, International Women in Engineering Day, Victoria was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2017.  The award recognised Victoria's contribution as a role model who provides inspiration to other women engineers.  Come and hear Victoria's inspiring story.

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The lecture will be followed by a networking reception in the Jennison social area.

School of Engineering and Digital Arts, Jennison Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NT

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Last Updated: 30/08/2017