Student Societies

Engineering Societies

At the school of Engineering we strongly encourage student led activity, whenever possible. This past year alone we have seen the launch of three new student led initiatives. Below is a list of our current engineering student associations. Don’t be discouraged if you feel that there is a gap – it’s an opportunity to start your own…

GUES - Engineering Society

Glasgow University Engineering Society:

As a part of your life as an engineering student at UofG, it’s of great importance that you engage in activities outwith your normal studies - what better way to do that, than with your fellow engineers? Glasgow University Engineering Society (GUES) exists to provide ways for our students to meet distinguished members of their field and participate in social, outreach, and developmental activities. Talks from industry, networking dinners and our renowned annual 'Eng-Psy Subby' (you’ll find out) are just a few of the many exciting ways for you to take a break from the tedium of everyday work. In addition, you can get involved with school visits and our work to help women in STEM. GUES provides a platform for you to expand your university experience in various ways, whilst also being a useful gateway into internships and graduate placements. We exist to help you get the most out of your time at the School of Engineering, so make sure to keep an eye out for us - we'll be difficult to miss!”

FEMEng - The Female Engineering Society

The Female Engineering Society (FemEng)

FemEng is a society within the school of engineering whose primary aims are to provide a network of support for females studying engineering courses at the University of Glasgow, create a platform for students to meet with female industry professionals, and to combat the gender imbalance found within the field of engineering by means of encouraging the younger generation to explore further education in the discipline. In connection with pre-existing organisations such as Interconnect (Equate), WES and Athena Swan, FemEng has established strong links with industry and academics alike. 

In 2016 the group established international links with female engineering students at the University of Rwanda. The group raised enough sponsorship money for 8 female engineering students from UoG to travel to Kigali, Rwanda for 3 weeks to collaborate on a unique and pioneering project which aimed to encourage high school girls in the city to consider careers in the vast field of engineering.

The group was initially formed in 2013 by Ellen Simmons as a subset of the Glasgow University Engineering Society but following this extremely successful year, the group became independently affiliated with the SRC. FemEng continues to grow and develop and welcomes anyone interested along to events.

Find us on Social Media:

 fb: FemEng group, FemEng in Rwanda

Twitter: @UogFemEng

Instagram: @GuFemEng

FemEng - 3D printer and logo

Formula Student

Do you have an avid interest in motorsport, or are you hoping to work in the automotive industry after graduation?

The University of Glasgow's Racing team (UGRacing) is looking for young engineers to join the team for the 2016/17 academic year. Every year UGRacing competes in Formula Student, a competition that challenges university students from around the world to design and build their own single-seat racing car, which is then put to the test at the famous Silverstone Circuit.

The competition is seen as a gateway to the automotive and motorsport industries, with Formula 1 teams using the event as a recruitment hot spot. Former members of UGRacing have gone on to work with prestigious companies such as Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Mercedes F1, and Triumph Motorcycles to name a few. Almost all of our graduates have expressed their belief that the time spent in Formula Student was pivotal in getting them to where they are today.

The team's annual recruitment drive takes place at the start of the academic year in September. We our now only a few days away from opening up our application page, which can be found on our website, To stay up to date with the latest information on applications, please check the website regularly or follow us on Facebook.

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to get in contact with the team through our Facebook page or website if you have any questions!

Looking forward to seeing you all in Glasgow very soon!

The UGRacing Team

Engineers without Borders (EWB)

Engineers without Borders (EWB)

EWB UK is an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering. Our programmes provide opportunities for young people to learn about engineering’s role in poverty reduction. By taking part in our activities, our members are making a difference to people’s lives around the world. GUEWB is one of the charity’s branches in UK universities. Founded earlier this year, the Society has already made good connections to our neighbours at Strathclyde and taken on a fantastic core group of students to spearhead our efforts into 2015. This year our meetings will take place every Tuesday. For more information and updates, visit us on our Facebook page at Glasgow University EWB or drop us an email at

GU Wind

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We are a group of Glasgow University engineering students working on the design and construction of small scale wind turbines. Our first wind turbine prototype is already under construction and we aim to finish it by April 2017. We work in MAKLab workshops once a week gaining valuable practical experience. The project also enables students to make use of their engineering knowledge by designing CAD models of our turbines and improving their theoretical background in mechanics, electrics and aerodynamics. Our overall aim is to train our members to build the turbines overseas in order to support developing communities. The design and manufacture processes have to take into consideration the building constraints of our destination country, requiring us to be experienced in every stage of the project, from carving the blades by hand to casting the alternator.

New members are always welcome, for more information visit our Facebook page or send us an email.

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GUWind Workshop

GUBMES (Glasgow University Biomedical Engineering Society)

GUBMES (Glasgow University Biomedical Engineering Society)

Glasgow University Biomedical Engineering Society aims to bring together students who have a passion for biomedical engineering- from prosthetics to tissue engineering, biomaterials, medical devices, organ transplant and many more. The society is open to all students interested in the subject.

The focus of GUBMES is on facilitating interaction between biomedical engineering students. This is obtained through weekly study sessions with students across the year groups, seminars from people in industry or PhD students and monthly social events.

By being part of the society, students get to know and help each other when faced with the challenging aspects of the course.

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For more information, including details on how you can get involved visit:


This year, two students from Biomedical Engineering have joined forces with 8 other students from MVLS to participate in the global iGEM competition . This is an international event, where teams of undergraduates from around the world aim at showing off their skills in synthetic biology. In Glasgow, they are currently midway through 10 weeks of hard work to earn the right to travel to Boston and present their work in the hope of doing better than the gold medal from last year ( For them, this is an incredible experience getting hands on with exciting and cutting-edge science with a dedicated team!

Their project, GlasGlow, is centred around bioluminescence in bacteria, making bacteria emit light! Through a brainstorming with an Industrial Designer from Glasgow School of Art, the project has been focussed on the idea of using a bioluminescence system in children nightlights. Using bacteria, they plan to engineer a switch that turns on bioluminescence in the dark, hoping to interest parents and children in the potential of Synthetic Biology. To achieve this they will engineer (through biochemistry) a UVA sensor to enable the bacteria to sense light and ‘switch on’ when light is off. They are using techniques of biochemistry and genetics, but also computational modelling and rapid prototyping along with engineering.

The project was showcased at a ‘Meet the Expert’ event at the Glasgow Science Centre on the week-end of the 1-2nd of August ( and their progress can be followed through social media ( and the official wiki of the competition (

First sketch of the cuddly monster that glows in the dark


Jet x X-plorer

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Established in 2014, JetX provides a unique design and prototyping experience in aerospace education. As part of the X-Plorer project, the team has designed a high-bypass turbofan jet engine from scratch with a second one currently in the making.

The aim of the club is to encourage and engage students in applying various skills and knowledge across a range of subjects from aero-propulsion and fluid mechanics to power transmission and electronics. Jet engines provide an excellent platform that brings engineering students from all disciplines together for the creation of a sub-scale testing model that fulfils specific criteria.

Designing each engine takes over two years as the process is driven by the theoretical models developed by the students and the simulation results which are used to test and optimise the designs.

JetX aims to provide an all-round engineering experience and makes extensive use of 3D printing to offer a hands-on experience at a reduced cost. All our teams interact with their designs as part
of the development phase, encouraging them to carefully consider design and ease of assembly, functionality and performance. The X-Plorer 1 is the first ever 3D printed engine model that features an integrated monitoring system. We have spent over 650 hours of prototyping during the last year, manufacturing over 170 parts. Through simulated testing, the team is able to monitor key performance parameters and physically test alternative designs.

The main team consists of 5 sub-teams covering the compressor, turbine, power transmission, exhaust and electronic systems. Around 25 students participate in the project each year and come from 9 different disciplines and all levels. Applications to join us are typically open at the beginning of each academic year and students are encouraged to apply early as places for the main team are very competitive.

For more information, please visit our website and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

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Design, Build, Fly

Our team aims to take part in the cutting edge competition held by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics which challenges engineering students from across the globe to design remote controlled aircraft, build, then fly them at the contest site in the USA.

Design (DBF)Build (DBF)Fly (DBF)

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UAS Grand Challenge


Undergraduate students are tasked with design, build and flight of an autonomous aircraft for the humanitarian aid delivery. The project requires going through the entire design cycle, taking a Systems Engineering approach to the task. Two kilogram packages must be delivered using computer vision to locate the drop point.

Throughout the competition, students will get to demonstrate their technical, engineering design and manufacturing skills, learn key team-working, time management, project management, budgeting and presentation skills – and become better equipped for a long-lasting career in engineering.

Our previous years entry, was commended for our innovative use of 3D printed components, three methods of communicating with the aircraft and low latency video feedback using a raspberry pi with a RTSP video server with only a 0.5 second delay. 

The UAS Grand Challenge Team form part of the MASTE lab team.



wiSTEM Glasgow - Women in STEM

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WiSTEM is a society aiming to promote, support and celebrate women studying and working in STEM.

We achieve this through our outreach programme. STEM Ambassador training is available to all members to prepare groups for school and youth group visits. The society also holds panel discussions, informative talks and workshops as well as casual social events. These are a great way to meet other STEM students and share experiences. We invite both academic and industry based speakers from Glasgow and outwith. Our events provide great networking opportunities. Finally, we are very active on social media; sharing news on equality and the widespread success stories of woman in STEM and in general. The society is open to all students at University of Glasgow. For more information get in touch with us or check out our social media pages.


Facebook: Women in STEM University of Glasgow

Twitter: @wiSTEMglasgow

Instagram: wistemglasgow


wiSTEM Group


oSTEM Glasgow

oSTEM Glasgow

oSTEM Glasgow, short for out in science technology engineering and maths, is an LGBTQ+ students association on campus. Our official objectives contain providing support and community for LGBTQ+ students and students of underrepresented gender identities within the science technology, engineering and mathematical fields as well as encouraging greater diversity within the STEM subjects regarding sexual and romantic orientation and gender identity.
We realize these by running a study group and events such as regular coffees or group excursions, as well as making our members aware of interesting talks and events that we invite to attend as a group. Traditionally events run by oSTEM have a quiet and often have a very familiar atmosphere. If you would want to mingle with other LGBTQ+ science students, we hope you feel welcome to come along.
We operate a newsletter, please contact us at to sign up or if you have queries.
You can find us on Facebook at