The Womandla – Women in STEM Awards shines a light on the achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognises excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference in the community.

Nominations can be sent for entrepreneurs or professionals of any related organisation, from all industries and from the private and public sectors.

Nedbank Women in stem awards


Date: 17 August 2019

Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

Time: 09h00am-12h00pm


Banking Details:

Womandla Foundation NPC. FNB Business Acc 62811072876

Reference: YOUR NAME, STEM

Australia’s Global University addresses female representation in Engineering

Meet Angela Begg, an Australian student, from the University of the New South Wales’ (UNSW) Faculty of Engineering. UNSW is both the largest and top-ranked Engineering Faculty in Australia. She speaks of the obvious under-representation of women in engineering and the university’s aims of bridging the gap.


Women In Engineering inspires girls to pursue engineering degrees and careers,  they support women studying engineering and celebrates the success of female engineering graduates.


UNSW’s extensive support for female engineering students is shown in the programs offered to school pupils, current students, industry support, and scholarships and awards available for the alumni.

Girl’s are sought after for grad jobs because of this and often receive a higher salary than others from their first year out.

Despite being above the national average in terms of female enrolment, UNSW Engineering’s  goal is to increase female enrolments to 30% by 2020.

Angela addresses misconceptions about engineering

Historically, there has always been an issue with the way engineering has been marketed  – typically as “a man’s job”.

Angela suggests that school-level outreaches need to target young girls and expose them to a world of science and innovation. “Don’t just encourage girls, encourage girls and boys equally and open these spaces and conversations in mixed gender societies,” she says.

The nature of engineering in itself is ambiguous. Engineering is a team sport,  you don’t need to have large technical know-how going into university because you are taught everything. Although a prerequisite, engineering is not just about maths and physics. Students gain skills in project management,  design and creative too.


Begg is the Secretary of the UNSW Renewable Energy Society and a second-year Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering Student.

Keep representing Angela!