Set to Lead

Making Assessment Centres Inclusive

Katalytik, working in collaboration with UCL Engineering, received HE STEM funding to address the differences in transition rates between male and female engineering and technology students  into relevant jobs. Collaborators on this work have been Helen Duguid (Dogood Consulting) and Sean McWhinnie (Oxford Policy and Research). The report is available on request.

A series of events with UCL Engineering help to disseminate the good practice and continue the dialogue. 

Set to Lead overview

We produced resources and a workshop to introduce contemporary leadership and effective team skills to students informed by:

  • Dialogue with engineering and management academics
  • Discussions with employers
  • On-line survey
  • New videos of engineering leaders have been contributed by ThoughtWorks, Highways Agency and Arup. The videos support scenarios developed for engineering academics based on real-life situations.


What do students want?

Where do women engineering graduates go?

Women engineering students are achieving more first and upper second degrees than their male colleagues yet male students secure more jobs in industry, according to the HE STEM Jobs for the boys? report published as part of the UCL led HE STEM, Set to Lead project.

What do women engineering students want to do?

The same report found women engineering and technology students just as keen to work in technical jobs as men. So why aren’t they?

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Inclusive assessment centres

Advice and guidance was gathered from industry and diversity professionals, bringing good practice on assessment centres together. As an example:

FACT: You don’t tolerate bullying at work.

ACT: Don’t tolerate bad behaviour in your Assessment Centre.

Download the pdf 

Videos of engineering leaders

These support the Set to Lead scenarios:

Why diversity is important in engineering design – Nicky Ensert, Highways Agency

Essentials on the path to leadership – Shuvo Saha, Google

Leadership, risk and progress – Jo Goulding, Highways Agency

Engineers keeping Britain moving in the winter of 2010 – Jillian WIlliams, highways Agency

Lessons learned about business change – Cyndi Mitchell, Thoughtworks

We produced three scenarios around problems engineering leaders face. These are supported by video and study sheets.

Other modules introduce engineering and technology undergraduate to key skills to set them on the road to leadership success.

The learning is embedded within the UCL Integrated Engineering Programme.