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Alexandra Bremers, Human-Machine Interface Researcher (Jaguar Land Rover), RisingWISE 2018 participant, explains how the course has proved invaluable to her.

I joined the research department of Jaguar Land Rover in 2017, when I was 21 years old. Traditionally, the automotive industry is a very male dominated field, with only a small percentage of engineers across the industry being female, and consequentially a low number of female role models. I was thrilled when I received the invitation to apply for the RisingWISE programme – to spend three weekends at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, on networking, mentoring and self-development, together with other ambitious women early in their STEM research careers.

The experience proved to be absolutely amazing. Among the activities were lectures, panel discussions, interactive sessions, company tours, networking dinners and even a salsa class. The programme equipped me with new skills and knowledge, and gave me a unique network of incredibly talented and supportive female mentors and peers. All in all I feel incredibly lucky to be part of the RisingWISE 2018 cohort, and I recommend anyone who has the chance to, to apply for this life-changing experience.

For more information and this year's application form, please click here.  

Participants in RisingWISE, including Alexandra Bremers.