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01 August 2023

Success for Black Engineers Programme begins partnership with Global Software Supplier, Ansys

Ansys’ Black Employee Network have committed $3000 towards events for undergraduate engineering students on the Success for Black Engineers programme.

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Ansys will also provide summer research placement stipends and their staff will be participating in a new industrial mentoring programme.

Black students experience lower attainment in key engineering subjects of maths and physics compared to their white counterparts and are less likely to achieve a 2.1 or 1st class degree outcome. This contributes to subsequent under-representation in engineering careers, as highlighted by the Hamilton Commission Report, a report launched by Sir Lewis Hamilton, which explores the barriers to the recruitment and progression of Black people within UK motorsport and STEM careers, which start in early life and in education.

Success for Black Engineers is a King’s College London Engineering programme designed to support aspiring Black engineers at school and university.

The Success for Black Engineers Project continues to attract leading engineering companies who share King's values for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. It is with great pleasure that we are partnering with Ansys, one of the World's leading suppliers of engineering software solutions. Both King's and Ansys will join forces to support our Black students to progress their engineering education and future careers. I am looking forward to working with colleagues in Ansys and am very thankful to the company for joining us on this journey.

Professor Kawal Rhode, Programme Co-lead, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences

Ansys produces engineering simulation software which enables innovators across industries to push boundaries using the predictive power of simulation. The global company has nearly 6000 employees, 580+ active patents and are members of S&P and NASDAQ-100.

Ansys is delighted and honoured to partner with King’s College London and the Success for Black Engineers program. At Ansys, we are committed to creating and nurturing a workplace that fuels diverse thinking by welcoming people, no matter their background, identity, or experience, to a workplace where they are valued and where diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging thrive. We’re also deeply committed to nurturing future STEM talent and are very excited about our partnership with King’s to support the next generation of Black engineers.

Dr Bridget Ogwezi, Senior Academic Development Manager, Ansys

The Success for Black Engineers programme includes school outreach and tutoring, peer and academic mentoring of undergraduate students, and wellbeing activities, with the aim of increasing access and enabling success of Black students in engineering courses.

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Kawal Rhode

Professor in Biomedical Engineering and the Head of Education at the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences