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The wait is finally over! Welcome to your fifth edition of our quarterly newsletter, The Movement. The Movement aims to keep you up to date with all the work we are doing to ensure that people everywhere have equal access to the benefits of engineering.

This issue we have a special request. We'd love all of you to join our new online forum 
Knowledge Point and get chatting! Knowledge Point is an innovative Q&A forum for our community providing technical guidance and organisational insight. So join us and share your thoughts.

So without further ado, please scroll down and enjoy reading all about what our movement has been up to in this last quarter.
#9PercentIsNotEnough | Join us on KnowledgePoint and share your thoughts

Gender diversity in engineering is shocking. At best, 9% of UK engineers are female. This has to change. How do you think we can inspire more girls to become engineers? We'd love you to share your thoughts with us on our Q&A platform, Knowledge Point.

#Winning | Our work receives awards and recognition

It's been an amazing few months for national recognition of our vital work. Our Engineering for People Design Challenge programme is one of Nesta's New Radicals for 2016, a national search to find the radical thinking organisations changing the UK for the better. We followed this up with a 'Highly Commended' in the Built Environment category at the 'Collaborate to Innovate' awards for our Productive Public Spaces project with our local partners Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) in Kenya (you can read more below about these). Finally, we were shortlisted for three Charity Times Awards alongside some of the biggest names in the charity sector.  We're very proud of these achievements - thank you to all of you who helped make them possible, let's make 2017 bigger and better yet!
Tweaking our board | Our governance review

Like all UK charities, we have a volunteer Board of Trustees who have overall legal responsibility for the Charity. To ensure we are successfully delivering our new
2016-21 strategy, we've been looking at our Board structure over the last six months and will be making a few changes. We'll be making further announcements about our Board over the coming months and these changes will be completed by January 2017. You can learn more about who our Trustees are on our people page.

2016 International Placements | Enabling Equal Access To The Benefits of Engineering Around The World

Our collaborative project with Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) to improve conditions in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, was ‘Highly Commended’ in the built environment category at the Collaborate to Innovate winners’ dinner in London on 7 September 2016. We have been working with KDI since 2011 to transform the polluted waterways of Kibera into a series of communal public spaces. Read all about our Urban Flood Protection project here and our Building Productive Learning Spaces project here.

Trying new things | Global Engineer Fellowships update

This year we launched our Global Engineer Fellowship Scheme to pilot a collaborative team approach to our overseas projects. The scheme pairs up two long-term, professional engineers (our Senior Fellows) with shorter term volunteers (Junior Fellows) from our university member groups to deliver vital engineering projects. There were three fellowship teams this year working on micro-hydro systems in Borneo, rainwater harvesting in Mexico and structural school design and flood mapping in Kenya. You can read more about one of our teams on their blog here

We have lift off (soon) | International volunteering opportunities launch in November

It’s that time of year again! We're busy setting up next year’s international volunteering opportunities and these will be unveiled on our website on 16 November 2016. Applicants will be asked to submit a structured cover letter, CV and complete an application form. To be eligible applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree and be a UK citizen or resident. Applications close at 12:00 noon GMT, 15 January 2017. Stay tuned for further information.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes | Giving our Challenge-led learning a new face and home

This year we launched the EWB Challenge with its new name, the Engineering for People Design Challenge. We are proud to announce that it now has a shiny new home

online. This new online portal is full of information about the programme and showcases this year's design challenges. We also spent time in Septemeber with participating academics to prepare for this year’s competition. If you're reading this and think your university should get involved, learn more and register here.

Engineers transform lives | IET's Engineering Open House Day at our offices

As part of the Institute of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Engineering Open House Day on 29 July 2016 we opened our doors to the next generation (and their parents) to show them how amazing engineering is and the difference engineers make in our lives. The Engineering Open House Day is designed to be an educational, fun day out to encourage parents to support their children in choosing careers in engineering and technology, by providing them with a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of the UK’s most celebrated innovative engineering and technology organisations. We were delighted to be a part of the initiative this year. We had such amazing feedback from those that attended we just had to share it. Read more here.

Shiny happy people | A big welcome to our new Ambassadors Trainers

In spring this year we partnered up with the national STEM Ambassadors Programme to increase delivery of our Youth Outreach workshops in classrooms around the country. The response has been phenomenal with over 400 people joining the scheme in the first few months! So, to train them we've bought a new team of volunteers on board. After a summer of recruitment, we selected a team of

volunteers based around the country who came to Engineers Without Borders UK national office in September to be trained in training Engineers Without Borders Ambassadors. They are now busy getting together dates and venues for Ambassador Training events which will be announced shortly. We are really excited about our new team of Ambassador Trainers who you can meet here on our website. If you're interested in finding out what an Ambassador is and getting involved, find out more here

Oh la la, do I spy an update? | Ambassador workshop resources version 2.0 

We've been busy collating feedback from the past year about our Youth Outreach workshops and have produced brilliant updated versions of all our workshop resources. We think they're excellent, so check them out and get inspiring!

Check us out | Contributing to RAEng teacher resources

The Royal Academy of Engineering recently invited us to contribute to their latest teacher resource 'Existence at the Extreme'. The resources featured our projects in India, demonstrating working in monsoon environments, and our projects in Mexico for working in desert environments. The resources highlight the considerations engineers have to make when delivering infrastructure under these conditions. Two of our volunteers, Lucinda Hazell and Niall Nolan, got the chance to tell their story as part of these case studies. See them here.

Reflections in the water | Engaging youth at World Water Week 

This year's World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, was our debut on the international water scene. Invited by hosts SIWI and Arup, we contributed our thoughts on how young people can engage with issues relating to safe water access around the world and asked attendees for their suggestions, stories and case studies that could inspire the younger generation to connect. Read more here

Spotlight on our partners | Light Up the World in Peru

In a country where only 4 in 10 rural households are connected to the national grid and a large portion of family income is spent on kerosene and other non-renewable energy sources, access to solar energy makes all the difference in Peru. Since 2004, Light Up the World has been supporting families in three Andean regions by training local community members to install, maintain and repair renewable energy systems. Our volunteers George and Isobelle have been helping Light Up the World transition to a social enterprise model with their research and implementation of a pay-as-you-go model and by updating training materials. To learn more about Light Up the World's work, watch this video.

Opportunity | Community Engagement Volunteer

We are looking for a Community Engagement Volunteer to add extra capacity to support our Engineers Without Borders UK community. This is an on-going volunteer role that is ideal for someone looking to gain experience within the civil society sector or simply wanting to get involved in our Movement. This voluntary position will support the management of our Q&A platform, KnowledgePoint. Your main duties will include triaging questions on the platform, delegating questions to relevant staff members to respond and moderate along with raising the profile of KnowledgePoint amongst our members. If this sounds of interest, please apply here by 12:00 noon, 7 November 2016. 

All the fantastic work you have read about simply would not be possible without the generous support we receive. We are achieving a lot, but we need to do a lot more too. To learn more and support us now please visit

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