Edinburgh University has made history in appointing four women as professors in the School of Engineering and Electronics. Rebecca Barthelmie, Rebecca Cheung, Andrea Scaefer and Roya Sheikholeslami now make up 23% of the school's 18-member professoriate. This is in comparison with a national figure of ~1%. Head of school, Peter Grant, said some 20% of Edinburgh's engineering undergraduates were female, and seeing more women in senior posts should encourage them to consider an academic career. This is in comparison with a national figure of ~1%. The appointments have been praised by Athena, an initiative to encourage women into science.