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Chair in Emerging Technologies Susan Gourvenec speaks at UCAS conference on improving the representation of women in STEM

Published: 4 February 2020
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Susan delivered an invited presentation at the Annual UCAS Teachers and Advisors Conference, this year hosted in Brighton on 4th February 2020 on ‘What can be done in 2020 to get more women into STEM?’

Women make up just under 25% of the core STEM workforce with representation varying significantly across different sectors. Engineering having the lowest female participation – just 10%, with 16% in Tech, 23% in Physics, and 45% in Science careers. Susan presented WISE workforce statistics showing the decline in female representation in STEM from GCSE, through A-Level, higher education and into the workforce – despite equivalent and often higher performance to their male counterparts – followed by a range of STEM focussed career resources to assist teachers and careers advisors. Susan presented alongside current MEng student Megan Martin talking about her experiences of becoming a 21st century engineer.

More information on the UCAS conference can be found here.


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