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Nomination Form Questions

Nomination Form Questions

The nomination questions for the 2018 WISE Awards are listed below by Award category.

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Nominations close on the 29 June 2018

WISE Man Award - Co-sponsored by EDF Energy (Co-sponsorship opportunity still available: £10,000+Vat)
This Award is for men who are agents of change, improving gender balance in their organisation and beyond. Judges will be looking for evidence of their actions in education or industry that go beyond their day job and which have delivered results. We are looking for champions who are influencing other men to improve gender balance in STEM, from classroom to boardroom.

  • What has been your motivation for becoming an ‘Agent of Change’ and what problem or challenge were you addressing? (100 words)
  • What activities have been outside the remit of your job role?
  • What setbacks have you had and how have you overcome them?
  • What impact have you had – please give data and show percentage changes. How does this compare to the average for your sector?
  • What do you think were the key factors which have made your activities a success? How could other men (and women) replicate what you have done?
  • What benefits have there been to your business, the community, your sector – or wider?
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the person you are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us in our campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, how would you use it to increase the number of men taking action to improve gender balance in science, technology and engineering? Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.

WISE Rising Star Award - sponsored by Babcock International
For a young woman at the early stages of a STEM career who is already identified as a potential star in her chosen profession. Judges want to hear from the next generation of future Chief Executives how you will bring change to your sector from within. Nominees should be aged 25 to 35 on the date of the Awards, 15 November 2018, and the nomination should be supported by their employer.

  • Tell us about what you do and why you love STEM (100 words)
  • Who or what has inspired you?
  • What impact have you had on gender balance within your field? Please include any relevant data, examples or testimonials
  • What have you done to help and encourage other women in and beyond where you have worked? Tell us about any setbacks you have had and please include any relevant data, examples or testimonials
  • What lessons have you learnt which might be helpful to other women?
  • What do you think should be done to encourage more women to stay in STEM roles?
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the person you are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us in our campaign for gender balance. If you were to win this Award, how would you work with WISE to encourage more girls and women into science and technology careers? Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.

WISE Technician Award - sponsored by the Royal Air Force
Currently, over 1.5 million technicians are employed in the UK working across engineering, science, health and technology. They are the linchpins of the UK economy and will be integral to overcoming some of the great challenges of the coming years and decades. This award is for a woman in a technician role in any environment for example: education, health services, industry or military. Judges are looking for a role model who will inspire other women to go in to a technician role and help to raise the profiles of female technicians across the UK.

  • Tell us about you and your job role (100 words)
  • Who or what inspired your choice of career?
  • Why will your story inspire girls and women to become technicians? Please quote relevant evidence, examples or testimonials
  • What advice would you give to girls or women who are thinking about working in engineering or technology?
  • Tell us about what you do outside of your work to improve gender balance in STEM (Include any statistics and examples)
  • Please detail what you have achieved at work and how you have made a difference (Include any statistics and examples)
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the person you are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us in our campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, what would you do to raise the profile of women working as technicians in engineering and technology? Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you could do in partnership with WISE.
WISE Apprenticeship Programme Award - sponsored by MBDA

For an organisation with the best apprenticeship programme for women’s recruitment, participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing, or other apprenticeship framework where women are in a minority. We are looking for best practice which could be replicated, and nominees must show results in terms of above industry average starts and completions of women.

  • Tell us about what you have done to improve gender balance on your apprenticeship programme? (100 words)
  • Describe the key elements of the programme and how it was delivered. (Tell us about any evidence you used and how you used it)
  • How does the apprenticeship programme fit within the strategy your organisation has for gender balance?
  • What were the key factors which you think helped you to attract and retain women on your apprenticeship programme? How could other organisations replicate what you have done?
  • What impact has the apprenticeship programme had? Please include relevant data, examples or testimonials from apprentices
  • What lessons have you learnt for future apprenticeship programmes?
  • Please attach examples of the apprenticeship programme materials
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the person you are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us in our campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, how would you work with WISE to spread good practice and drive up standards in your sector? Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.
WISE Employer Award - sponsored by AVEVA

Women make up 23% of those in core STEM occupations in the UK and 24% of those working in core STEM industries. This award is for a WISE member who can demonstrate being a good employer of women in STEM, showing progression towards gender balance at all levels and evidence of above industry averages or significant improvements. We are looking for best practice using WISE Ten Steps or a similar framework which others could replicate to make progress in their own organisation.

  • Why do you think that you should win this award? (100 words)
  • What percentage of your UK workforce are women? Please include Entry level, Technical, Management and Board roles
  • Tell us about your retention, progression and pay for women in your organisation with relevant data and statistics
  • What has your company or organisation done to achieve this success? Include examples, policies and initiatives which you think have made most difference
  • What research did you carry out and how have you used these insights to influence what you have done? How was progress tracked?
  • What benefits have there been to your business of having an improved gender balance? Please include examples and testimonials from employees
  • What lessons have you learnt which other organisations could benefit from? Include any setbacks or anything you would do differently
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the person you are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us in our campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, how would you work with WISE to help other organisations achieve similar success? Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.
WISE Innovation Award - sponsored by BAM Nuttall

In the UK female inventorship has risen by 16% in the last 10 years but the proportion of female inventors is only 7.3%. This Award is for a female inventor sparking inspiration for other women innovate in any STEM business, start-up, academic setting or non-profit organisation, large or small. Nominations could be for all stages of innovation from invention to commercialisation; supporting entrepreneurship, championing new ideas and open innovation too. Judges will be looking for innovation which will inspire other women to follow your example.

  • How do you use technology within your work to make a difference? (100 words)
  • What inspired you to pursue a career in inovation? For example, did you see a particular opportunity or were you solving a problem?
  • Why will your story inspire girls and other women? Please quote relevant evidence, examples or testimonials
  • What lessons have you learnt which could be beneficial to other women? Please include any setbacks or things you would do differently
  • Tell us about what you do outside of your work to improve gender balance in innovation and the impact you have you had within your organisation or externally. (Include any statistics and examples)
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the person you are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us in our campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, how would you work with WISE to encourage more girls to do computer science, coding, and technology? Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.
WISE Career Award - sponsored by AWE

For an organisation, group or person who has worked to attract women returners back to STEM roles or to support women to change careers and get into technology or engineering roles. The judges will be looking for evidence of the support and training put in place by the nominee and its effectiveness and impact on the women themselves.
More stats about women in the STEM workforce

  • Tell us about what you have done to encourage women into STEM as adults? (This could be as a change of career or returning after a career break) (100 words)
  • Who have you been targeting and why?
  • What research was carried out and how were these insights used in your programme?
  • Tell us what you have achieved. Please include any relevant data, examples or testimonials
  • What benefits have there been to your business, the community, your sector or wider? Please include any relevant data, examples or testimonials from women
  • What lessons have you learnt which other organisations could benefit from? (Tell us what made it successful and anything you would do differently)
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the personyou are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us inour campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, how wouldyou use it to spread good practice and drive up standards in your sector? Pleasespecify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.
WISE Woman in Industry - sponsored by Rolls-Royce PLC

For a woman who has reached a senior role in STEM with at least 20 years of work experience; We are looking to identify new faces who could be a role model to show women at earlier stages of their career what they can achieve. You will inspire others by showing what it is possible to achieve and demonstrate to the wider industry the contributions women are making.

  • Why do you think you deserve this award? (Maximum 100 words)
  • Tell us about your STEM career and what inspired you to choose a STEM role
  • What key factors have been critical to your success and might help other women to progress in their careers?
  • What difference have you made to your organisation and industry you work within? Please include any relevant data, examples or testimonials
  • Tell us about your achievements and influence within the wider industry. Please include any relevant data, examples or testimonials
  • What have you done to help and encourage other women in and beyond where you have worked? Tell us about any setbacks you have had and please include any relevant data, examples or testimonials
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the personyou are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us inour campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, how wouldyou work with WISE to encourage more girls and women in science and technologycareers? Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.
WISE Technology Award - sponsored by Goldman Sachs

There are nearly 11,000 fewer women working as technology professionals in 2017 than there were in 2016. Women make up 17% of the total, a drop of 1%. This award is for a woman in a technical role who will inspire other women to go in to a technology role in any business, start-up, academic setting or non-profit organisation, large or small. Judges will be looking for a use of technology which will inspire other women to follow your example.

  • How do you use technology within your work to make a difference? (100 words)
  • What inspired you to pursue a career in technology? For example, did you see a particular opportunity or were you solving a problem?
  • Why will your story inspire girls and other women? Please quote relevant evidence, examples or testimonials
  • What lessons have you learnt which could be beneficial to other women? Please include any setbacks or things you would do differently
  • Tell us about what you do outside of your work to improve gender balance in technology and the impact you have you had within your organisation or externally. (Include any statistics and examples)
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the person you are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us in our campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, how would you work with WISE to encourage more girls to do computer science, coding, and technology? Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.
WISE One to Watch Award - sponsored by Intel

We are looking to identify young women aged 21 and under on the date of the Awards, 15 November 2018, who are working to change the image of girls and women working in STEM. This Award is designed to identify and share stories of girls and young women who are passionate about STEM and good at what they do – not just when studying or at work but throughout day-to-day lives too. This is our most popular category and we expect fierce competition. You need to tell us why your nomination stands out.

  • This is our most popular category and we expect fierce competition. You need to tell us why your nomination stands out.
  • Tell us about what you do and why you love STEM (100 words)
  • Who or what has inspired you?
  • What are you most proud of achieving? Please include any relevant data, examples or testimonials
  • What lessons have you learnt which might be helpful to other young women?
  • How are you working to change the image of girls and women working in STEM? What do you think should be done to encourage more girls to choose STEM?
  • If you are nominating on behalf of someone else please ask the personyou are nominating to complete this question: We ask all of our WISE Award winners to commit to working with WISE to help us in our campaign for gender balance.If you were to win this Award, how would you work with us to reach as many girls as possible? Tell us how many girls you plan to reach, describe their backgrounds and how you will persuade them to choose science, technology, or engineering. We are looking for more than visiting your old school! Please specify a minimum of 3 things which you plan to do.


If you have any questions please contact Evelyn Forsyth-Barnett, Awards & Promotions Officer
0113 222 6072 | 07885864839 | e.forsyth-barnett@wisecampaign.org.uk

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