Thursday, 25 February 2021

Exciting new partnership launched with Engineers Without Borders

SELA aims to inspire and guide its members into their future careers as engineering leaders, including through talks by successful industry leaders from an array of engineering backgrounds. The talks enable students to gain contextualised knowledge and examples of a variety of career possibilities, whilst making learning enjoyable and interactive.

SELA is delighted to have broadened the reach of its talks to Engineers Without Borders Sheffield (EWB), with EWB also extending its own programme of talks to SELA members.  EWB Sheffield is a student chapter of EWB UK, aiming to help the engineers of the future become globally responsible and sustainable, running projects based on sustainability and humanitarian themes. 

Announcing the new collaboration, Dr Gary C Wood, Head of SELA said, ‘During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to have created this new partnership with EWB Sheffield to maximise the benefit of our guest speakers volunteering their time to support us, by reaching and inspiring more students with every talk.'  


Guest speakers have the role of framing learning from the SELA experience, from yearlong interactive projects where students practise their skills and deepen their learning, to summer long industry internships. The talks allow future leaders to consider different career options and explore the journeys successful leaders have taken.  

Isambard Hills-Savage, Publicity Officer for EWB highlighted the goals of EWB for the collaboration: ‘We hope to increase awareness for the need for globally responsible engineering.’ Isambard explained the crucial role engineers have in mitigating the effects of climate change from, ‘civil engineers working to develop affordable low or net zero housing designs, to electrical and mechanical engineers decarbonising the grid.’

All of the talks featured in the project will have opportunities for interaction despite being online due to the pandemic, from Q&A’s to build in activities, such as allowing the audience to test their own problem-solving and decision-making skills by having to look at real-life challenges faced by the speakers. With the collaboration, SELA and EWB are helping to shape future environmentally aware leaders to tackle current and future challenges. 

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