The fourth annual Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls saw a 55% increase in the number of girls involved with entries submitted from 157 teams.

Sponsored by Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, PepsiCo and Centrica, the Talent 2030 competition asks girls to explore engineering solutions to twenty-first century problems.

Judge Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West said that “the wide ranging aspects of the projects submitted demonstrates how engineering impacts on every aspect of our lives. I hope some of these girls follow a career in engineering – they will have a bright future!”

The winners this year are:

  • 11-14 Age Category: Alexandria Lowery, Charisse Millard, Olivia Rae, Millie Mitchell, Charlotte Robinson and Olivia Whitaker from Millom School
  • 15-16 Age Category: Rebecca Siddall from Oundle School
  • 17-18 Age Category: Jennifer Olsen from Newcastle Sixth Form College

Run by the National Centre for Universities and Business, Talent 2030 is an ambitious campaign to bring female talent into engineering and manufacturing industries.  The 2015 Annual Dashboard of Statistics  shows a downward trend in female uptake of engineering education which will lead to a shortage of 10,000 engineering and technology undergraduates by 2030.

Dr David Docherty, the National Centre’s CEO said “The lack of women taking A-levels and degrees in technology and engineering could spell disaster for the competitiveness of the industry. That’s why it has been impressive to see so much enthusiasm for this year’s Talent 2030 competition. If we can inspire these girls now, we can address the problem head on so that the present 2030 projections never become reality.”

The competition shows young girls engineering is an exciting and viable career choice that requires creativity, logic and curiosity. Judge Orla Murphy, the IET Female Engineer of the Year 2016, said “This competition is a brilliant opportunity for budding engineers and scientists to get a flavour of what studying a STEM degree would be like”.

Awarding prizes of £1000 and a mentor for winners and £100 for runners-up, the competition also invites all shortlisted entrants to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham on 19 March, to exhibit their ideas and receive their certificates and prizes. This year ideas included tech-glasses to assist the visually impaired, prosthetic limbs from a 3D printer, and harvesting energy from the friction between car tyres and the motorway. Judge Sarah Peers, Vice President of the Women’s Engineering Society said the entries demonstrated “Great teamwork, fabulous science and engineering, and lots of amazing business skills.”

The 11-14 age category was judged by: Dame Anne Glover, Former Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Commission; Orla Murphy, Audio Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover and IET Female Engineer of the Year 2016; and Laura Peach, Mechanical Engineer at Centrica.

The 15-16 age category was judged by: Dr Sarah Peers, Vice President of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES); Professor Louise Heathwaite, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government; and Nicola Fauvel, Construction Manager EDF Energy
The 17-18 age category was judged by: Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow Northwest and former physics teacher; and Lindsay Dobson, R&D Manager Global Functions at PepsiCo.


Notes to Editors

The National Centre for Universities and Business is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that promotes, develops and supports university-business collaboration across the UK. The National Centre brings together leaders from across higher education and business to tackle issues of shared interest.

The Talent 2030 programme came as a recommendation from the NCUB taskforce into the manufacturing and engineering sectors. The taskforce found that the sector was facing a shortage of talent which would get increasingly worse to the year 2030, due to a leaky pipeline. The targets sets to combat this have been endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
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