UCL Engineering


Race at the intersection | Gender and Race | Online panel discussion

05 May 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Women in engineering

This series of UCL Engineering panel discussions look to explore how certain protected characteristics have shaped our speakers' experiences as engineers, and whether they have presented any barriers in education and career development.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni






Dr Chika Nweke


Torrington Place

In our "Race at the intersection" event series, we will explore how the impact of gender, sexual orientation, disability and socioeconomic background is magnified when one identifies as a Black and Ethnic Minority individual.

How do class, gender, sexual orientation and disability intersect with one another and how are these intensified by the addition of race?

Come and hear from our panel of guest speakers from an array of cultural backgrounds who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics. They will reflect on their experiences on how their background has shaped their education and career in Engineering.

This first event will focus on the topic of gender.

Our panel of speakers will include:

  • Yewande Akinola MBE
  • Dr Candice Majewski (The University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Mike Sulu (UCL Biochemical Engineering)

These panel discussions will take place in May and June 2021 and are open to all UCL staff, students and alumni.

Visit UCL Engineering's EDI website section for further information on equality, diversity and inclusion. 

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About the Speakers

Yewande Akinola MBE

Yewande is a chartered engineer, innovator and speaker. Her engineering experience includes the design and construction, innovation and manufacture of buildings and systems in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia and has been named the UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering & Technology. She has also been awarded the Exceptional Achiever Award from the Association for BAME Engineers and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, U.K. (ACE). She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster.  She is passionate about STEM communication and has presented Engineering programmes for Television.  In the 2020 New Year Honours list, Yewande was awarded an MBE for services to engineering innovation and diversity in STEM. 

She has recently been appointed the UK's Innovation agency (Innovate UK) Ambassador for Clean Growth  and Infrastructure. 

More about Yewande Akinola MBE

Dr Candice Majewski

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at The University of Sheffield

"I'm currently a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Sheffield, although very little of my journey so far has been deliberate... My decision to study for an Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering was based entirely on the advice of a careers advisor at school, and my career in 3D Printing started purely by accident after a guest lecture on the subject! Over the past few years I've been lucky enough to learn about EDI issues from a bunch of incredible people, so I'm trying to keep learning and also to help improve things in my own workplace and more broadly wherever I can. Outside of work few things make me happier than anything to do with dinosaurs and Denny's (the U.S. diner chain), although I should also remember to include my husband and our dog on that list too!"

More about Dr Candice Majewski

Dr Mike Sulu

Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering at UCL

More about Dr Mike Sulu

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