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Welcome to your second edition of our quarterly newsletter, The Movement. It’s been a busy end to 2015 for Engineers Without Borders UK, with the EWB Challenge kicking off at universities across the UK, new Outreach materials on their way, volunteers taking off for placements and returning, and much more! This quarterly newsletter, The Movement, aims to keep you up to date with all the work we are doing to inspire, enable and influence globally responsible engineering. You can also keep yourself up to date on our brand new websiteFacebookTwitter or LinkedIn pages.

As this edition closes the year, we would like to take the opportunity to wish all our supporters, members, volunteers and partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for your support and we look forward to achieving even greater change together in 2016!

Our Strategy Review is Underway!

In response to big changes in the external environment in which we operate, we have been reviewing the way we work. The outcome of this review will be a new organisational strategy to guide everything we do for the next five years, starting from April 2016. We have had a lot of activities in the last few months as part of this, including our 'Big Ideas Day' bringing together Trustees, volunteers and staff; strategy consultation events in Edinburgh, Leeds, Bristol and London; an online strategy consultation and a number of other workshops and discussions. The next stage in the process is to consolidate our findings from these activities and write the strategy with help from our external consultants Red Pencil. 

We United for Change in Bristol 

Thank you to everyone that attended United For Change in September. We really hope you enjoyed the weekend, we certainly did. For those not in the know, United For Change is our national annual event that brings together the Engineers Without Borders UK community to inspire change through thought-provoking talks and workshops. Special thanks to all those who supported the event, including our facilitators, guest speakers and the EWB Bristol University team. We would also like to express our sincere thanks to our corporate partner, Bechtel, who supported the event. 
Recognising Incredible Achievements

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards 2015
We were delighted to be shortlisted for The Institution of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards 2015 in the Information Technology category for our Dhawa.net project. Our brilliant volunteer Matthew Bowman worked on the wireless mesh network design whilst on his placement with our partner Learning Planet in 2014 in Dhawa, Southern Nepal. Dhawa.net is the first community-owned internet service provider in the mountainous district of Dhawa in Southern Nepal. It has transformed the lives of over 7,000 people in the area by connecting them to high-speed wireless internet for the first time. You can read more about Dhawa.net on Our Impact page.
Laura Peach Nominated For 2015 WISE Award
This year’s WISE Awards finalists included our very own volunteer Laura Peach. Laura was nominated for the WISE Hero Award which celebrates the inspirational women using a science, technology or engineering qualification to make the world a better place. Laura was nominated for her work with Engineers Without Borders UK as our Volunteer Placements Programme Coordinator. Criteria for the award includes improving people’s lives through STEM and being a compelling role model for the WISE Campaign.

Our Annual General Meeting & Trustees Elections and Farewells

In September we wrapped up United For Change with our Annual General Meeting. The meeting provided time for us to reflect on our impactful achievements in the last year along with voting for our elected vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The election saw us welcome both new and re-elected Trustees, Peter Hansford, Tom Newby, Roger Littlewood, Natalie Bird and Long Seng To. We also said farewell to our wonderful Trustees who were stepping down; Alex Buckman, Conor McGlacken, Priti Parikh, Tess Williams, Rachel Haynes and Liz Miles. If you would like to put faces to these names, or just fancy knowing more, all our Trustees can be viewed on Our People page.

New Staff Member On Board

In October we welcomed Grace Power to the Engineers Without Borders UK team in the role of Programmes Assistant. Grace has joined us from SolarAid with a wealth of knowledge in the sector and we're delighted to have her on board. As Programmes Assistant, Grace will be working across both our education and collaborative partnerships portfolios to ensure the effective delivery of our operational programmes.

Next Generation Outreach

We’ve been doing some spring cleaning, looking at our feedback and speaking to global learning experts. As a result, we will be sweeping out our old Outreach Initiative resources and bringing in two new and improved workshops, ‘Water for Everyone Everywhere’ and ‘Power for Everyone Everywhere’. Both have a stronger focus on the role of engineering in human development.

In the spirit of shaking ourselves up we are also working on a partnership with STEMNET to bring all of our Outreach volunteers onto the STEM Ambassadors scheme with full mandatory implementation by 1 September 2016. Keep an eye on your emails for the launch announcement in December and how to stay involved in inspiring the next generation of globally responsible engineers! 

EWB Challenge 2016 Launches 

The EWB Challenge 2016 in partnership with Reignite Action for Development based in Cameroon launched in September with a bang. To date we have run workshops at 14 universities to support students to understand the importance of contextual design solutions in addressing some of the challenges faced by the community in Bambui in Cameroon. So far this year we have 27 universities participating in the EWB Challenge and we expect over 5,000 students in the UK and Ireland will have participated by the end of the year. Watch this space as the competition heats up in 2016!

Visiting Our Placement Partners snd Our Volunteers in the Field

In September and October we spent time visiting some of our International Placements partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America. On these visits we saw the delivery of clean energy access being extended into rural areas of Malaysian Borneo and the Philippines through off-grid micro hydro systems; pay-as-you-go payment methods providing solar energy to rural households in Peru; in Kenya we saw our volunteers supporting innovative financing projects enabling enterprises to provide off-grid energy access in East Africa and in Mexico we saw our volunteers developing water filters from bone char in rural areas. A very big thank you to all our partners that supported our visits: CATIS, Ecoswell, GVEP, IRRI, Isla Urbana, KDI, Light Up The World, SIBAT, Sistema Biobolsa and Tonibung.

Hearing Firsthand from Our Returned Volunteers at Debrief Day

In November we held the first of our two debrief events for this year's returned placements volunteers to share their achievements and challenges from their experiences in the field. We also heard inspiring talks some from some of our alumni members who spoke about how Engineers Without Borders UK has had a positive impact on their careers in development and the engineering sector.

2016 International Placements Launch Date Announced

We're delighted to announce that our 2016 international placements will be launching on Tuesday 1 December 2015. Each year, our International Placements programme recruits a number of engineers to work with our partner organisations across the globe on three, six and twelve month voluntary placements. Please do take a look at our International Placements page on our website for more information.

EWB Brunel University New Academic Year Activities

The unprecedented hype around the EWB Brunel University stall at this year’s fresher’s fair was an exciting preview of what was yet to come in the 2015-16 academic year. The term kicked off with the event ‘Sustainable Development Goals - End World Hunger’, where an open discussion took place on the role of policy makers, organisations and professionals on the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals. This was followed up by the film viewing of 'Water Mamas', a documentary about technology, women empowerment and the social and cultural aspects of implementing new technologies in rural areas.

All this prepared and motivated the team to start working on their first Member Led Partnership which will be based in Malawi. In November, a group of 12 EWB Brunel University members put their combined multidisciplinary design abilities to the test and started working on developing solutions to improve sanitation and hygiene in the Chikwawa District of Malawi.

Reading Regional Network launch With Their First Event!


On Friday 13 November the newly formed EWB Reading Regional Network member group had their first official event and it was a fantastic success. After weeks spent advertising the event, the team were delighted with the turn out and contributions provided by attendees. The event included talks from the team running the network along with guest speakers. They also ran workshops exploring food sovereignty and the Global Development Goals.

The EWB Reading Regional Network already have their next event planned for 4 December 2015 exploring planned obsolescence in product design. With a screening of the documentary 'The untold story of the Planned Obsolescence' and free organic food for all attendees, this is an event not to be missed! Please check out their page on our website for more information.
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