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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


girls Vanessa Blake writes, "When I started my degree course in Chemical Engineering at Leeds in 1976, there were five girls in a class of sixty five and I was surprised that there were so many of us. I was prepared to be the only one."

While girls are still under-represented in science and engineering, the situation has improved greatly since the seventies. This year, The Guardian's University guide shows that Cambridge, in addition to being the top department, has the highest proportion of female students in any chemical engineering department in the country - 36.5%.

The picture shows the ladies from the graduating class of 2002, celebrating after finishing their last exam. There are 16 of them in a class of 42 - that's 38% in that year. The other years have a similar percentage.

If you're thinking of coming to Cambridge to study Chemical Engineering, see the information on Undergraduate Courses.


Further information on Women in Science and Engineering

Association for Women in Science and Engineering Cambridge Branch

Cambridge University Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative


Latest news

Africans in STEM conference: opportunities and challenges

15 July 2019

The first Africans in STEM symposium held on 28 June 2019 in our department was aimed at celebrating African voices and ideas in STEM.

Annual conference highlights diverse impact of department research

4 July 2019

Our department Research Conference took place from 25-26 June, bringing together researchers from across the department, wider university, external institutions and industry.

Dr Janire Saez awarded Marie Curie Fellowship

14 June 2019

Dr Janire Saez awarded Marie Curie Fellowship for her work on organ-on-chip devices for cancer research.