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IOR commits to double female membership by June

Pledge to boost female membership of  theIOR to at least 100 people by June is intended to mark the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society

The IOR is seeking to more than double its existing female membership to at least 100 people over the next three months under an initiative to mark the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

The organisation’s Women in RACHP network said its ‘100 for 100’ campaign was looking to build an existing work to ensure a more diverse organisation. However, the institute has said that more work was still needed to build on its efforts.

A statement from the group added, “The IOR has increased its female membership significantly but still only has 48 women as members.”

Incentives to try and expand the IOR’s membership among female engineers with different levels of experience in the industry to at least 100 people by June has included a pledge to reduce the first-year cost of membership.

Sam Buckell, chair of the IOR Women in RACHP group, said the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) was seen as a significant opportunity to try and expand interest among women across the industry in taking up membership.

She said, “One thing I have experienced since being part of the Women in RACHP network is how our industry does work well in collaboration. I have now connected with people from all over the UK on the Women in RACHP initiatives that help the women in the IOR develop their careers and their hands-on technical knowledge. Although we all represent many different companies in this great industry, when we get together it doesn’t feel like that.”

A first Women in RACHP networking lunch has been scheduled by IOR Scotland to take place in Glasgow on March 15 as part of attempts by the organisation to build awareness of female engineers working in the cooling sector.

Additional events scheduled this year include an event in the Midlands on April 4 and a Career Development Day to be hosted by Fujitsu on June 21.

IOR President Kevin Glass said that the organisation had a unique opportunity to raise the profile of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump technology in line with the upcoming inaugural world Refrigeration Day set for June 26.

“A core aim of the IOR is to promote the refrigeration in all its applications for the public good – encouraging RAC as a career for everyone is an essential part of that, so we are pleased to support both the Women in RACHPs 100 for 100 campaign and World Refrigeration Day.”

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