Newcastle University in Singapore

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Welcome to our web page dedicated to encouraging more women to study and build careers in science and engineering.

My Story: Read articles by female academics and students who share with us their experiences and thoughts on the amazing world of science and engineering.

University Initiatives: For Newcastle University in Singapore, equality and diversity are essential components of our strategy, operations and long-term ambitions. Find out more about our work to promote gender equality.

Next NUiS Event: Find out about up and coming events and activities. 

Your Ideas and Suggestions: In this section we offer ideas and suggestions on what we can do as individuals to help promote gender equality.

External Support Groups: Find out here about local groups active in promoting gender equality.



My Story

Enjoy reading about our current featured female academics and students. We hope their stories will inspire you.

Professor Stephanie Glendinning
Newcastle University

Dr Feng Ruili
PhD Graduate, 2018


University Initiatives

Newcastle University in Singapore is one of five academic units in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering at Newcastle University.

The University has a strong track record in the Athena SWAN scheme, which exists to advance gender equality with representation, progression and success for all.

The University currently holds a Silver Award. 

For Singapore, we plan to submit our first Athena Swan application in April 2019.

NUiS Athena SWAN Action Plan (TBA)

Newcastle University's Women's Network   
NU Women is a network that is open to all women who work at the University. Set up in March 2009, the network is here to provide a forum for women to meet, share ideas, provide mutual support for their career development, and to feed into the University issues of concern and interest to women members of staff.

NU Women’s Blog
Read the inspirational Going Global stories of two of our female academics Dr Cindy Lee, Acting Director of Operations (Chemical Engineering)/Director of Excellence in Learning & Teaching, Dr Naayagi Ramasamy, Associate Professor (Electrical Power Engineering)  and Senior Tutor and one of our Professional Service Staff, Ms Julia Grierson.


NUiS Events

The 2019 International Women’s Day celebrates the theme: #BalanceforBetter

Friday 8 March 2019
11.45am, 5 Floor, SIT @ NYP
Buffet lunch provided

The 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign runs all year long. It doesn't end on International Women's Day.

Share with us your #BalanceforBetter photos. Send to:


1) Keep an eye out for up and coming events by the Singapore Council of Women Organisations.
A regular event is the guided walk: Walking in the Footsteps of our Foremothers, an event by The Singapore Women’s Hallof Fame (SWHF). This is the story of women in Singapore dating back as far as the 1800s with the establishment of one thefirst girl’s school by an Australian missionary Sophia Blackmore with a class of only nine girls. Many more women have gone on to make history in Singapore and this heritage walk has been developed to commemorate and celebrate their achievement. It’s an inspiration for all women today.

2) Mother's Day 2019
12th May 2019

3) International Women in Engineering Day
23rd June 2019


Celebrating Diversity

The section is about celebrating diversity. If you have any photos you wish to share with us, please send them in to

“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness.” Ola Joseph

British Chamber of Commerce Singapore’s 3rd Annual Celebrating Diversity Competition

Thank you to our colleagues for agreeing to have their photos submitted for the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore’s 3rd Annual Celebrating Diversity Competition. The competition closes on the 21st October 2018 and judging for the best photo will take place soon after. Of course, we know it is not about the winning but more reminding ourselves and others to encourage and celebrate diversity…. these fabulous photos do just that!

Visit the  BritCham Facebook page to view the other entries and vote for your favourite.

Congratulations to all graduates from Newcastle University in Singapore, in particular to the 114 women who graduated! Potentially now, from Newcastle, for the world, there can be 

  • 50 more female food and human nutrition scientists;
  • 12 more female electrical power engineers;
  • 13 more female mechanical design and manufacturing engineers;
  • 23 more female chemical engineers;
  • 9 more female marine engineers;
  • 2 more female offshire engineers;
  • 5 more female naval architecture engineers.




Celebrating Diversity

Your Ideas and Suggestions

“We can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world.” Heidi Wills

Ideas on helping promote gender equality:

  • Scientists and engineers are made, not born:  Anyone can learn to be a great scientist, programmer or engineer.
  • Let the girls in your life tinker with things, break toys, get dirty, and fail. Learning from and moving past failure is part of the design process.
  • Spread the word that science, engineering and computing fields have enormous social impact: Women, on average, prioritize “communal goals” in their careers, meaning that they value working with, and helping others. Engineers and tech workers can engineer an artificial limb, or come up with solutions for drought and famine.
  • If you are a woman who works in science or engineering, seek out opportunities to serve as a role model for girls and young women through groups and events that celebrate women in your field.

Find out more about yourself by taking a Harvard Implicit Bias Test.


Do you have any ideas to help promote gender equality that you would like to share with us?

Great ideas will be awarded with a thank you gift from the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT).


External Support Groups

Below are some of the external groups promoting gender equality, which you may be interested to find out more about.

IEEE Women in Engineering


Lean In

United Nations Women - Asia

Women's Forum - For the Economy and Society