Arrange a call-back
icon - searchGlobe
Region / Language
Envelope
Contact Us
  • Home
        • About us

          Delivering world class solutions, with world class service
          Discover more
        • Company
          The Hitachi Group in Europe comprises the European operations of Hitachi Group. With 146 legal entities and approximately 20,000 employees. Hitachi in Europe is committed to improving society through the development of technology.
        • News, Views & Insights
          Keep up with everything the Hitachi Information Control Systems team are getting up to. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, please sign up at the bottom of this page.
        • Working with HICSE
          As a company, we are working to “Inspire the Next” technology or product which – in turn – will improve lives all around the world. If you are someone who wishes to apply your technical and commercial strengths to be part of a cutting edge, socially responsible and global company we would like to hear from you.
        • Bradford on Avon
          Solstice House
          Middleton Drive, Bradford on Avon
          Wiltshire
          BA15 1GB, UK
          +44 (0) 1225 860 140
        • Plymouth
          Building 2, Brooklands
          Budshead Road, Plymouth
          Devon
          PL6 5XR, UK+44 (0) 1752 770 770
        • Derby
          Railway Technical Centre
          Derby
          Derbyshire
          DE24 8UP, UK
Back to news, views & insights

Engineering Change

Written by Mel Sutcliffe On Wed 3rd March I attended a virtual ‘Engineering Change’ webinar, hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering. This purpose of this event was to explore diversity issues and their implications for engineering and the wider world and opened with a welcome from Dr Hayaatun Sillem, the CEO of the Royal Academy […]
Written by Mel Sutcliffe

On Wed 3rd March I attended a virtual ‘Engineering Change’ webinar, hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering. This purpose of this event was to explore diversity issues and their implications for engineering and the wider world and opened with a welcome from Dr Hayaatun Sillem, the CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

This was followed by a Panel discussion titled ‘Leading Change’. The topics discussed during this session included how to achieve diversity and inclusivity through leadership, the importance of recognizing unconscious bias and how best to address it, and how to work towards a more diverse workforce. It was emphasised that diversity and inclusivity relates not just to gender but also to sexuality, race, disability, age etc. One of the more vocal panellists was Neil Smith, who is the Inclusive Design Lead at HS2 Ltd.

The delegates then had a choice of three sessions to attend. I opted for ‘Systems change – How do we meet the needs of a diverse world?’ which focused on how to address some of the biggest barriers to diversity, and highlighted some of the unexpected, and occasionally undesirable, consequences of well-intentioned changes.

The final session of the day was a panel discussion chaired by Loraine Martins, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail. The theme of the discussion was the importance of allies/acts of solidarity to progress diversity. A representative from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) described how important men are as allies in championing women engineers in the workplace. Here at HICSE there has long been a culture that it’s how well you do the job that matters, irrespective of gender, race, age etc. I’ve been fortunate that in the 20+ years I’ve been an engineer in various companies and sectors, my male colleagues have typically been supportive and non-judgemental. However, it’s still important to be aware that it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of jumping to conclusions, for example, in a hospital assuming that the male is the doctor and the female the nurse. A successful business cannot afford to miss out on the talent that lazy prejudice can overlook.

More information about diversity and inclusion can be found here: https://www.raeng.org.uk/diversity-in-engineering

Note: The event was held using Zoom, and as each person spoke, their words were displayed on screen as subtitles. The technology converting speech to text struggled with ‘Covid 19’ – and repeatedly displayed it as ‘Kevin 19’. This must have been very confusing for delegates with impaired hearing who were relying on the subtitles!

Published 11/03/2021

Recent articles

Mental Health is so important...

30/08/2022
at HICSE we are working with the wider Hitachi Group to deliver support workshops to our managers and staff.
Read more

Call out for Rail Reporters, Industry Experts and Article Authors!

30/08/2022
The industry wants to hear what you have to say and so do we!
Read more

On track for InnoTrans!

22/08/2022
After four long years it’s finally time to announce we’re going to be back at InnoTrans.
Read more
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram