Dundee becomes first Scottish university to support diversity in engineering pledge
Published on 11 November 2020
The University of Dundee has become the first academic institution in Scotland to sign-up to a new pledge, to help promote diversity in engineering
Tomorrow’s Engineers Code has been set up by Engineering UK to establish a commitment to work toward common goals to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering careers.
The School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee has committed to this initiative and will join over 100 organisations and individuals to contribute to a sustained and rich STEM journey for all young people.
“Diversity and inclusion are of utmost importance to us in the School – what we do here contributes to shaping the industry and the future workforce,” said Professor José Fiadeiro, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering.
“I’m proud to announce that we have pledged our support to the new Tomorrow’s Engineers Code which aims to enable those in education, government and industry to work together to foster the critical engineering and technology skills needed for the UK to be a leader in innovation and improve societal and economic resilience, and environmental sustainability.”
“Together we will make engineering careers accessible for young people.”
Rebecca Mitchell, 3rd year Civil Engineering student and Equate Champion believes it will allow students on their course to have develop closer relationships with industry, foster their talent and explore innovation more creatively..
“I’m really proud to be part of a university that has made this pledge. It is a commitment to break down barriers faced by minority groups. I’m extremely pleased the School of Science and Engineering have committed this to students regardless of their background or gender.”
The announcement comes in the same week the School of Science and Engineering and ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers - Tayside branch) that Dr Ollie Folayan chairperson of the award-winning AFBE-UK Scotland and co-founder of AFBE-UK will deliver a guest lecture Ethics of Ethnic Diversity, which will address the diversity issues within STEM.
Earlier this year, the School of Science and Engineering developed a mentoring scheme with volunteers from industry acting as mentors and created an ongoing outreach programme with expert advice from Education Scotland, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre and the Institute of Civil Engineers. The School of Science and Engineering also committed to recruit seven Equate Scotland champions – the highest number for any university.
Tomorrow’s Engineer Coode is a pledge that the School is committed to promoting diversity in engineering and will continue to do so throughout all outreach activities.
Find out more about Tomorrow’s Engineer Code.