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Notes to Editors

1.The report ‘Unlocking Potential: Perspectives on Women in Science, Engineering and Technology’ was edited by Meg Munn MP. The authors include: Sandi Rhys Jones OBE (Partner at RhysJones Consultants and Non-executive Director of EngineeringUK), Professor Athene Donald (Director of the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative at Cambridge University and winner of Lifetime Achievement award in the Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards 2011); Sue Ferns (Head of Research and Specialist Services at Prospect); Dr Katie Perry (Chief Executive of the Daphne Jackson Trust); Deidre Hughes (Immediate Past President of ICG and Associate Fellow at Warwick Institute for Employment Research at the Institute of Career Guidance).

2.The report is being launched in Parliament on Wednesday 8th June at 1630hrs. speakers include Meg Munn MP, Arlene McConnell (IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year), Stephen Tetlow (Chief Executive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers), and Professor Christine Davies (Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Institute of Physics). For more details and to reserve a place contact Nikki Langley-Essen on nikki@smith-institute.org.uk

3. A PDF version of the report is available from the 8th June from www.smith-institute.org.uk and is attached with the press release.

4.The Smith Institute is a leading independent think tank which promotes progressive policies for a fairer society. It provides a high-level forum for new thinking and debate on public policy and politics.

5. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

6. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. Our 80,000 members work at the heart of the country’s most important and dynamic industries. With a 160-year heritage supporting us, today’s Institution is a forward-looking, campaigning organisation. By working with leading companies, universities and think tanks, we create and share knowledge to provide government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering.

7. For all press enquiries please contact: Paul Hunter at the Smith Institute on 0776 0476 997 or paul@smith-institute.org.uk  .