Soapbox Science

Soapbox Science Event

This year women in the STEMM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine, will be getting on their soapboxes to talk their research and development activities.

Drs Karin Ennser, Jenny Baker, Rachel Woods and Natalie DeMello are the co-organisers for Soapbox Science (College of Engineering).

Find out more information on Soapbox Science.


Women in Engineering Seminar

Professor Tom Welton

Guest Speaker Professor Tom Welton, Head of Chemistry at Imperial College London came to visit the College of Engineering on the 20th February 2015. 

The seminar highlighted the benefit of ensuring gender balance in the work place for the STEMM subjects in higher education and research. 

The College of Engineering is currently working towards its Bronze Award submission.  This seminar falls within the committed action plan by the college to raise awareness and promote culture change.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day Poster

For International Women's Day this year we will be celebrating our research success.

On Wednesday 9th March staff and students are invited to attend topical talks and workshops on current research. In the afternoon we have invited Sarah Powell, Chief Executive Sport Wales, Tracey Williamson, Associate Director ARUP and Head of Collge Professor Steve Brown to talk about their research.

"Together, men and women can pledge so we can accelerate gender parity"

#IWD2016 #PledgeForParity

Ada Lovelace Day

Dr Richard Johnston (Senior Lecturer – Materials Research Centre) wrote a small piece for the Guardian in late 2013 for Ada Lovelace Day 15th October 2013. The article is about his female inspiration into science.

Read the article here.

Contact Dr Richard Johnston

+44 (0)1792 606576 |


Bloodhound SSC Project

Bloodhound Activities

In 2012 the project was awarded an Ingenious grant award for STEM Schools-based public engagement based on the BLOODHOUND SSC.

The project sets out to enhance and develop new schools-based public engagement activities related to the BLOODHOUND SSC Land Speed Record (LSR) project at The College of Engineering, Swansea University. The applicants are crucial members of the BLOODHOUND SSC design team, and have been providing the ‘mission-critical’ aerodynamic design support for the design of this ambitious vehicle since 2007. The programme of work will involve the extension of the existing key stage 3 schools to show to a broader audience than has been possible to date, encompassing key stages 2 and 4, and an enhancement of the activities on offer. The centrepiece of the schools engagement will be a travelling show and rocket car workshop.

The Bloodhound for Schools project works with schools across the UK, but mainly in Wales.  We offer 2 activities which are delivered by a team of 9 ambassadors (3 of whom are female).  The activities are:
An interactive ‘show’ which lasts between 1 hour and 90mins
A rocket car build workshop which lasts between 2hrs and half a day
There is a 50:50 male to female ration of attendance.  In 2013-2014 we engaged with over 5,000 school pupils and have a similar target to engage within 2014-2015.

For more information please visit Bloodhound SSC   or contact:  Dr Ben Evans,

Materials: Live!

Materials: Live!

Materials: Live! is an innovative Swansea University outreach and engagement project, which introduces the wonder of materials science and engineering to entertain, enthuse and educate potential scientists and engineers of the future. The project is a critical component of the “Materials Academy” at Swansea; which delivers multi-level materials research and training.

The main aims of the Materials: Live! programme are:

  • Provide activities that enrich Key Stages 1- 4 of the Science National Curriculum, in addition to A/AS level curricula.
  • Encourage people to study STEM subjects and consider STEM related careers.
  • Engage with teachers and deliver CPD activities to enhance the materials-science related content in their lessons

Further information on Materials Live.

Engineering Education Scheme Wales – Big Bang Fairs

Engineering Education Scheme Wales – Big Bang Fairs

The College of Engineering annually attends the North Wales and South Wales EESW.  EESW workshops are also based on Campus at the College of Engineering.

The workshops focus on the standard rocket car design and build activity.

Find more information on the Engineering Education Scheme Wales.



ScienceGrrl is a national grassroots initiative, with a group of people who are passionate about celebrating women in science and passing on our love of science to the next generation.

ScienceGrrl has encouraged lots of people (both male and female) to engage across the region, with a focus at Swansea University.

Various events have been carried out, including workshops on campus to discuss issues and solutions around the theme of women in STEM.

ScienceGrrl has supported SoapBox Science, held in Swansea 2014.  It has also held outreach events as part of British Science Week in schools and at the Waterfront Museum located in Swansea.

In 2014, Dr Richard Johnston ran an event at the Waterfront with Materials Live and ScienceGrrl, and in March of this year it’s happening again!

ScienceGrrl and Materials Live has reached over 70,000 people, mostly schoolchildren.

Further information on ScienceGrrl.

Summer Schools

Summer Schools

For students who want to find out more about engineering we run two summer schools every year designed for year 12 students who are thinking about applying to university.

They are residential courses which give an insight into all our courses and help students decide whether an engineering degree is likely to be for them.

Find out more information about the College of Engineering Summer School.



WISE helps organisations to inspire women and girls to pursue STEM subjects as pathways to exciting and fulfilling careers.

Their mission is to push the presence of female employees from 13% to 30% by 2020, boosting the talent pool to drive economic growth.



The College of Engineering has Engineering Employability ‘portal’ where students can access relevant employability related resources and find out about job opportunities, internships, employer talks, careers workshops, etc.  Students can access the portal by visiting the Blackboard

Further information can also be found on the Engineering employability flyer

Reaching Wider

Sean Walton

The college has representatives involved in the Reaching Wider scheme at Swansea University.

The aim of the reaching wider scheme is to raise aspirations for students which are under represented in higher education.  A range of age groups are targeted.  Workshops for primary school children are organised both on site and in schools.  Each year a summer university is run for A-level students.  This is a two week course of university level teaching, at the end successful students will have UCAS points to aid them in getting a place in a university in South Wales.