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Girls considering engineering told to 'go for it!'

On National Women in Engineering Day, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) asked three women engineers, recently celebrated by RISE awards, about their work and what can be done to encourage young women into an engineering career.

Women are currently under-represented in engineering with women making up just six per cent of the UK's 2.3 million engineers. The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) forecast that between 2012 and 2020 the UK will need 830,000 more scientists, engineers and technologists, largely to replace those leaving engineering practice through retirement.

In the article on the EPSRC website, the three engineers talk about the challenges and rewards of a career in engineering, and give a message to young girls considering engineering.

"Go for it!", is the advice from Professor Anne Neville, of the University of Leeds. "I can't imagine another more rewarding career."

Thu 26 June 2014