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This is Engineers Without Borders UK's new newsletter that we will be sharing with you quarterly. We aim to keep you up to date with all the work we are doing to drive the creation of a globally responsible generation capable of sustainably addressing our future challenges. You will be able to read about the whole movement here, from our national initiatives, through to the multitude of exciting events organised by our community across the UK, and some excellent opportunities for you to be more involved in what we do; it's all here. We're certain you're going to love The Movement. So don't wait any longer, read on!

Help us recognise an incredible volunteer

Engineers Without Borders UK could not operate without the incredible contributions of our fantastic team of dedicated volunteers. This year, thanks to a generous donation from The Halcrow Trust, we will be awarding a prize to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the Engineers Without Borders movement. You can make your nomination here.  

We've got new faces on the team

In April we welcomed Anya Boyd as our Head of International Partnerships and Eve Gyimah as our Head of Fundraising and Communications. Anya joined us from the Energy Research Centre in Cape Town and has previous experience with the AECOM Sustainable Development Group and Practical Action. Eve has most recently been working with The Alzheimers Society and previously worked with The Prince's Trust, Restless Development and Cambridge House.  

In June Annabel Fleming joined the team as International Partnerships Officer. She recently returned from Nepal, where she was a team leader for VSO and has also worked in the Public Sector Reform Office in Sierra Leone. We are delighted to have them all on board.

Join us this September at United for Change 

Join us for our annual event as we bring together our student and professional members. Formerly known as the National Volunteer Training Weekend, this event aims to unite the Engineers Without Borders UK community to inspire change and ensure that engineering is at the heart of development.

You’ll hear from fantastic keynote speakers, participate in workshops and get to know other supporters and members from across the UK. United for Change is open to everyone. We hope to bring together our branches, members and supporters as well as those who are keen to learn more about our work and the role of engineering in development. 

Tickets are available here to purchase along with further information. We hope you can make it, this is not to be missed! 

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Looking forward to developing our new strategy  

As part of our efforts to build a solid foundation from which to continue our excellent work, we've been working on how to approach our forthcoming strategy review. We're very pleased to be working with a consultancy called Red Pencil to deliver the new strategy and hope that many of our
members will engage with the consultation process. We will be visiting a number of locations across the UK in the autumn, when our members will be able to contribute to the strategy development. Look out for more details in due course. 

Birmingham City University Crowned Winners of EWB Challenge 2015

The winners of the EWB Challenge 2015 are Birmingham City University. Congratulations! The team designed an innovative water harvesting system to improve collection of water during the dry season. This year's partner, Nepal Water for Health, had asked students to find engineering solutions to real-life problems around infrastructure, energy, water and sanitation faced by the community of Sandikhola in the Gorka District of Nepal. Around 3,800 students from 23 universities across the United Kingdom and Ireland participated in the EWB Challenge this year.

The EWB Challenge aims to inspire and support future engineers to respond to global challenges. The relevance of such a programme was this year recognised by continued sponsorship from Anglo American Group Foundation, along with endorsement from the Engineering Council and Engineering Professors' Council. You can read more about this year's challenge and participating teams here.

Reforming Engineering Education

The Global Dimension in Engineering Education project culminated in a video highlighting the voice of key industry stakeholders on the subject, an advocacy paper presented to EU parliamentarians to support the agenda with endorsement from the Higher Education Academy, the publication of full course materials and the creation of a teaching case study database

We have also been engaged with the development of a brand new UK university, New Model In Technology and Engineering. I
t's an incredibly exciting project with huge potential to lead the change needed in engineering education right now! Watch this space for more information.

Outreach visits the National Raspberry Pi and the Big Bang Fair

We were pleased to be invited to deliver our Power for the World workshop to the winning contestants at this year's National Raspberry Pi Competition held at the Science Museum in London. Competition participants were able to get an insight into what it means to lack access to energy and the impact that can have on your day to day life.

Similarly, at this year's Big Bang Fair held  at the Birmingham NEC, hundreds of children and their teachers and parents visited our stand which aimed to raise awareness about access to water access to water. 
To enable children in attendance to understand water access issues, the stand included live demonstrations of rope washer pumps and the opportunity to build your own slow-sand water filter.

Pre-departure training for our International Placements

The last few months have been filled with lots of exciting activities for the team. In April and June we held pre-departure training courses bringing together all our overseas volunteers. The course covered vital topics including project management, fundraising and security. In total 72 new young volunteers will support our partner organisations through their placement projects across South East Asia, Africa and Latin America, addressing engineering challenges around water, energy, shelter and resilient building design.

Check out our 2015-16 international placement locations

You can view all of our current placements on this map. Click the picture to enlarge in Google Maps.

EWB UCL receive letter of appreciation from 'Team for Nature and Wildlife in Nepal'

EWB UCL recently received a letter of appreciation from the leadership team of Nepalese NGO 'Team for Nature and Wildlife'.The letter thanked them for their contribution to building an earthquake-resistant school in the Sunkhani, Dolakha district of Nepal in 2013. The school survived the recent earthquakes in Nepal, which is testament to the work of all involved as the region it is in was the epicentre of Nepal’s earthquakes in both April and May. You can read the letter here.
EWB London Professionals Network marks National Women in Engineering Day 

The EWB London Professional Network marked the second annual 
Women in Engineering Day with an event in partnership and hosted by Arup. The panel discussion featured speakers from Arup, Bechtel, University College London and Engineers Without Borders UK. Each offered their thoughts on human-centred design and its role in developing more diverse engineers, and whether this would attract more women to engineering.

Fancy joining our incredible team?

We have a new vacancy for a Programmes Assistant to join our staff team. The position requires someone who is self-motivated, creative and proactive to assist the effective delivery of our operational programmes. In particular, we are looking for someone with experience in administration who would like to develop their skills creatively. Read more and apply here. The deadline to apply for this position is 12pm Monday 24 August 2015

We've got spaces on our Board of Trustees

Do you have skills and experience that would be helpful for the next phase in our history? We have space on our Board of Trustees. For more details and to put your name forward for election, please click here. Nominations must be made before our Annual General Meeting on 6 September 2015, where attendees will elect our new Trustees.

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