Breaking down bias in medical engineering this International Women’s Day

Here at the Thackray, we’re committed to equal opportunities for all – and championing the amazing women doing great work in the industries closest to our heart plays a big part in that.

In honour of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), some of the brilliant women from our partner, DePuy Synthes Leeds, have recorded some very special messages about promoting equality in the world of medical engineering.

DePuy Synthes is a medical device company dedicated to creating orthopaedics and medtech solutions. Now, we’re proud to platform the voices of several of its female colleagues, as they talk about their experiences and opinions of bias within their industry, and how we can work together to break it.

It’s all in line with the 2022 IWD theme, ‘break the bias’, and it’s all about strength in solidarity, celebration and supporting each other to be the best we can be.


Jane, a Clinical Trial Functional Manager, talks about how positive practices in recruitment can help to reduce different forms of bias and promote a more inclusive workplace.

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Ella L, a Placement Student, talks about how engineers can make sure their medical implants work across wide ranges of the population, and the importance of STEM outreach in inspiring people to take up careers in engineering.


Ella, in the Test Engineering department, talks about her own experience as a woman developing her career in engineering, from her experiences as a student in a mostly male cohort to working in the medical engineering sector.

Chloe, a Transport Lead, used to be a primary school teacher and then worked in customer services. She talks about her new role and the importance of not being afraid to move into areas that are stereotypically “male dominated”


Paige, a Bio-Engineer, works with surgeons to design custom surgical instruments for knee and hip replacements. Paige helps to promote careers in STEM through outreach activities, like working with Girl Guides by sponsoring an ‘Inventing’ badge to help girls develop STEM skills.

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