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.

Dr Yen Nee Tan : My Story
Newcastle University in Singapore

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.

Newcastle University is an inclusive community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We are proud of our strong track record in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.


For advancing gender equality, the university is proud to be a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and hold an Institution level Silver Award and 19 school level awards.


For Singapore, after 3 years of data analysis, benchmarking and improvement initiatives, we have successfully submitted our Athena Swan Bronze Award application in May 2019. We expect to receive the result in November.

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

Let's build a gender-balanced world

Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. The race is on for:

  • the gender balanced boardroom
  • gender-balanced government
  • gender-balanced media coverage
  • a gender balance of employees
  • more gender balance in wealth
  • gender-balanced sorts coverage

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.




9 – 10 August

National Day  - Singapore public holiday

10 October

World Mental Health Day  We will be joining in the University’s awareness raising events for the week of 7-11 October to coincide with world mental health day.

14 November

Deepavali - Singapore public holiday

25 December

Christmas Day - Singapore public holiday


1 January

New Year's Day - Singapore public holiday

25 – 27 January

Chinese New Year - Singapore public holiday

11 February

United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science

10 April

Good Friday - Singapore public holiday

8 March

International Women’s Day. A celebratory event will be organised by NUiS. Look out for further details in January 2020.

7 May

Vesak Day - Singapore public holiday

24 – 25 May

Hari Raya Puasa - Singapore public holiday

23 June

International Women in Engineering Day

31 July

Hari Raya Haji - Singapore public holiday


Gender balanced employees

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

Newcastle University in Singapore is proud to be the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore’s prize partner for the 2019 Celebrating Diversity Photo Competition. The competition will open in August and close in October. Visit BritCham’s Facebook page for further details.

See below for photos of some of our people based at our Malaysia and Singapore campuses who help to make Newcastle University such a great globally diverse institution.


University Installation




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