SOE's diversity champion Amanda Foster lays out how the Society will still be working towards greater diversity during the pandemic.

I am writing in these extraordinary times, to reassure you that the Society remains focused on delivering the Women In Engineering strategy.

We are working hard to continue supporting our members, finding innovative ways to adapt to their changing needs at this time. We know that many of you will be experiencing challenges you didn't anticipate in your careers. As a result, I would like to reassure you that the Society is continuing to collaborate with its staff via virtual platforms, bringing them together to provide as much support as possible to their members. 

The Society is proud of all of its members and the resilience they have shown in joining the nation to defeat the Coronavirus. Particularly those that are working tirelessly to support the NHS and the government in this crisis and those who continue to keep the world operating.

Part of the WIE strategy includes improving diversity; principally, the way the Society informs the majority of its male members of the great work being delivered by its female members across the engineering sector. Linked to this, we’re keen to encourage innovation and ideas across all areas of engineering. If you are or have been involved in any initiatives to help the government identify potential solutions to existing problems, particularly if connected to supporting the UK’s response to COVID-19, we would love to hear from you, so that we can share your experiences across the Society’s membership. Please email: and include your consent for SOE to use your information.

Even though the SOE team are currently working from home, it will not dilute the high-quality support that it gives to its members. If you need to speak to a member of the team please visit our contacts page here:
Please keep well and stay safe,

Amanda Foster FSOE CEng