Star Refrigeration supports international collaborative engineering project for fourth year

  • FemEng in Rwanda

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The University of Glasgow engineering department aims to raise £9000 for FemEng in Rwanda Project to encourage women into science and engineering fields

In preparation for the June 2019 trip to Rwanda, a group of students at the University of Glasgow are putting a call out for companies to join Star Refrigeration in sponsoring the student-led project. FemEng Rwanda aims to increase awareness of women in engineering roles and relies completely on support from sponsors and donations.

What started as a university project in 2016 has gained recognition from national newspapers and the Scottish Parliament. Now in its fourth and final year, the project sees eight Glasgow University female engineers travel to Rwanda to team up with eight young women studying STEM subjects at the University of Rwanda. This year the Glasgow team is preparing to give engineering workshops to over 1,000 primary school children across Kigali.

Over the past three years FemEng in Rwanda has reached over 3,000 children across 25 schools. The project involves outreach workshops, organising site visits to engineering companies based in Rwanda and CV building sessions for the Rwandan students. The main objective is to encourage young people into further education, in particular STEM subjects. Applications for STEM degrees at the University of Rwanda have now increased by 100% thanks to the project.

Morgan Rodgers, project leader of the FemEng group at the University of Glasgow said, “We would like to say a massive thank you to Star for supporting the project for the fourth and final year. Without this support from local businesses we would not have been able to make such an impact. We’re incredibly excited for the upcoming trip in June, but still have a long way to go to meet our fundraising target.”

“If, like Star Refrigeration you are a company which support the aims of the project and can provide financial support or materials we could use, please get in touch”.

This University of Glasgow project is just one of many initiatives Star supports as part of a wider strategy to encourage more women into STEM fields and to close the gender gap.

The company has staff members on the committee of the Institute of Refrigeration’s Women in RACHP Network, which organises training and networking events for women in the engineering industry, and each year Star supports International Women in Engineering Day.

Dr Andy Pearson, Group Managing Director at Star Refrigeration, said, “We have a commitment to developing young people into our engineers of the future, and we know as an industry we have a lot of work to do to help women in STEM achieve their potential. Giving back is important and holds lots of benefits for businesses. We are fortunate to be able to sponsor projects such as FemEng in Rwanda, and congratulate the Glasgow students for their determination and dedication to their cause.”

To contribute to FemEng in Rwanda 2019 visit the Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/8egb73-femeng-in-rwanda

To find out more about the project go to: https://femengrwanda.wordpress.com/about/