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Women in engineering

Creating the perfect environment for STEM’s future female leaders

More women than ever are choosing to study engineering and computing at the University of Sydney, and it’s easy to see why.

With scholarships for women, high school outreach programs by girls for girls, female student societies and high-calibre female lecturers and researchers, it’s no wonder the proportion of undergraduate female students at the University of Sydney is double the national average.

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>50%

of biomedical engineering students are female

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30%

increase in female enrolments over last four years

High school programs

Elizabeth Gwilt

Female STEM students
STEM Girls @ Sydney Presenter
"Female-focused STEM workshops are incredibly important as they encourage girls to start thinking about their future and the kind of global positive change they can achieve.”

When: 10-11 January 2018
Year: 9-10

This intensive one-day workshop on campus is for high school students who want to explore the disciplines and careers available in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and how you can apply these skills in everyday life. Participate in hands-on activities and hear from an expert panel of young women who are pursuing careers across different STEM industries.

Register for STEM Girls @ Sydney

When: Four times per year
Years: 8–10

A program run by girls, for girls, this one-day workshop gives you the opportunity to develop games, learn about digital media, sound, image and video manipulation, and even create smart phone applications. The tutors are a mix of university students and professional software engineers from companies like Google and Atlassian.

Apply for Girls’ Programming Network

Scholarships for women

Elly Williams

Leadership scholar Elly Williams
Engineering Honours (Mechatronic)
"I love engineering, particularly mechatronics, and this scholarship will enhance my passion by offering me valuable leadership experience throughout my degree."

Leadership scholarship

Valued at $6000 per year, this scholarship is open to female undergraduate applicants in their final year of high school who enrol in any Bachelor of Engineering honours degree.

This scholarship, also valued at $6000 per annum, is open to female undergraduate applicants in their final year of high school who enrol in a Bachelor of Engineering honours degree within the streams of chemical, biomedical, mechanical or electrical engineering.

While our flagship faculty Leadership Scholarship is open to both men and women, this year more than half of our scholars were young women (18 from a total of 30 successful applicants). The scholarship, worth $18,000 for each standard degree year, provides high-calibre students with leadership development and a professional experience program. Scholarship recipients also receive ongoing academic mentorship, access to industry networks, government and industry leaders and they have the option to undertake project-based units of study.

Find out more about engineering and IT scholarships.

Female societies

Female students at clubs and societies on Open Day

Female societies in engineering and IT provide a great avenue for you to make new connections and lifelong friends. You'll likely find support and encouragement from fellow students who understand the pressures from a woman's perspective and can help you to succeed. 

Sydney Women in Aerospace Engineering (SWAE) celebrates female achievements in the aerospace and aeronautical sectors, empowers young women to pursue this field of study and creates a supportive and welcoming environment for women in aerospace.

Sydney University Women in Engineering (SUWIE) supports and promotes female students in engineering. The society encourages networking between female engineering students and professional engineers from industry and also offers academic and social support to its members.

Researchers and academics

A female researcher in the laboratory environment

Female researchers and academics within Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies are at the top of their fields, working on revolutionary technologies and research breakthroughs to improve everyday life. We have renowned leaders in telecommunications, tissue engineering, technologies for nutritional food products and biomaterials, sensors for disease detection, nanophotonics, unmanned aerial systems and more.

Learn more about our faculty champions of change.