Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Our world is made by engineers, society’s problem solvers.

The best engineering team must be as diverse as the society they work in. Diversity is proven to generate better performing teams, yet in engineering, females remain significantly under-represented.

At UQ, here’s what we know:

  • Employers of engineering graduates have set targets to create a gender balanced workforce.
    However, the number of females graduating from engineering will not meet industry demand.

  • Females who choose to study engineering usually stay and graduate.
    For the past five years, the retention rate for female students studying engineering at UQ has been consistently greater than 90 per cent.

  • The number of Queensland female high school students eligible to study engineering at UQ could fill every available first-year placement four times over.
    In 2015, there were 19,000 female students who studied Chemistry, Physics or Maths C. A high proportion achieved a High Achievement or Very High Achievement in these subjects, indicating they would also achieve the required OP6 for UQ Engineering.

At UQ, the percentage of females studying undergraduate engineering remained approximately 18% for many years. To meet the demand of industry and create a more equitable balance of male and female engineers, UQ realised a much bigger effort would be required.

The UQ Women in Engineering (WE) Program was founded in 2013.

Why partner with us?

Our Program Partners are promoted on all of our materials and acknowledged at our events – a proud display of their commitment.

WE have a...

  • track record that speaks for itself.
    Since 2013, WE have engaged with more than 5,000 female high school students, welcomed more than 1,000 females to UQ engineering and grown our percentage of female students to 22.5%.

  • recognised brand with extensive contacts.
    WE engages with more than 200 high schools and the list keeps growing. WE are strongly positioned to keep growing the female engineering talent pool.

  • dedicated team.
    Our program consists of two dedicated staff members and 20 student leaders. We are dedicated to achieving our ambitious target of 30% female enrolment.

  • commitment to sharing knowledge.
    While UQ has cemented its position as the University of Choice for women studying engineering in Queensland, our goal is to see other universities successfully grow their female enrolments.