I almost can’t believe I’m typing this, but I was at Warwick University at the weekend, looking around it with my daughter Frances.
Honestly, the idea that she’s nearly at university age is slightly terrifying, but I’m doing my best to put that to the back of my mind.
Unlike lots of us, Frances is super clear about what she wants to do – she’s hoping to study mechanical engineering with automotive.
And Warwick looks a fine place to study it.
The campus is lovely, but what really blew us away was their engineering department and their commitment to equality.
They’ve already secured the Bronze Swan award which means that 30% of the students in Engineering are women, and one of people showing us around told us that they were close to the Silver Award (40%), and wouldn’t be happy until they get to Gold (50%).
The best other university we found with female to male ratio was Bath, with 17%, so I asked one of the Engineering ambassadors at Warwick what they do to get the ratios so high.
What’s clear is that it’s not accidental.