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Women in engineering

Creating the perfect environment for STEM’s future female leaders

More women than ever are choosing to study engineering and computing at the University of Sydney, and it’s easy to see why.

With scholarships for women, high school outreach programs by girls for girls, female student societies and high-calibre female lecturers and researchers, it’s no wonder the proportion of undergraduate female students at the University of Sydney is double the national average.



of undergraduate engineering students are female



of biomedical engineering students are female

High school programs

Elizabeth Gwilt

Female STEM students
STEM Girls @ Sydney Presenter
"Female-focused STEM workshops are incredibly important as they encourage girls to start thinking about their future and the kind of global positive change they can achieve.”

When: TBC
Years: 7–10

Open to female school students from Years 7 10 from NSW & ACT, Experience It! allows students to see what engineering is about. Ideal for students who like designing solutions to problems and want to make a difference in the world, the full day program is organised by Engineers Australia Sydney’s Women in Engineering Society and features collaborations between universities and engineering businesses.

Learn more about Experience It!

When: Four times per year
Years: 8–10

A program run by girls, for girls, this one-day workshop gives you the opportunity to develop games, learn about digital media, sound, image and video manipulation, and even create smart phone applications. The tutors are a mix of university students and professional software engineers from companies like Google and Atlassian.

Apply for Girls’ Programming Network

Year: Year 11

This exciting two-day workshop on campus is for female high school students who want to explore the disciplines and careers available in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and how you can apply these skills in everyday life.

Participate in hands-on activities and hear from a panel of women who are pursuing careers across different STEM industries. You will also visit the research facilities of ANSTO and Google’s office as part of the program. The program is free for its participants.

More information, including dates, will be updated here when available..

Scholarships for women

Elly Williams

Leadership scholar Elly Williams
Engineering Honours (Mechatronic)
"I love engineering, particularly mechatronics, and this scholarship will enhance my passion by offering me valuable leadership experience throughout my degree."
Leadership scholarship

Valued at $6000 per year, this scholarship is open to female undergraduate applicants in their final year of high school who enrol in any Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree.

Find out more about engineering scholarships.

Female societies

Female students at clubs and societies on Open Day

Female societies in engineering and computer science provide a great avenue for you to make new connections and lifelong friends. You'll likely find support and encouragement from fellow students who understand the pressures from a woman's perspective and can help you to succeed. 

Sydney Women in Aerospace Engineering (SWAE) celebrates female achievements in the aerospace and aeronautical sectors, empowers young women to pursue this field of study and creates a supportive and welcoming environment for women in aerospace.

Sydney University Women in Engineering (SUWIE) supports and promotes female students in engineering. The society encourages networking between female engineering students and professional engineers from industry and also offers academic and social support to its members.

Researchers and academics

Hala Zreiqat

Female researchers and academics within Faculty of Engineering are at the top of their fields, working on revolutionary technologies and research breakthroughs to improve everyday life. We have renowned leaders in telecommunications, tissue engineering, technologies for nutritional food products and biomaterials, sensors for disease detection, nanophotonics, unmanned aerial systems and more.

Learn more about our inspiring female engineers.

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