Closing the gender gap in STEM subjects

school pupils in a science class

The University of Strathclyde hosted an event this week for school girls from across the West of Scotland aimed at helping to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The event is one of eight being held in partnership with EDF Energy and charity SmartSTEMS which aims to reach more than 2,500 girls aged 10-14.

Pupils attending the event at Strathclyde on Wednesday 7 June heard from female academics and researchers about their career paths and took part in a series of hands-on workshops.

Despite research indicating science and technology jobs will grow twice as fast as other occupations, the number of women working in STEM industries in Scotland is only one in five.

Amanda Baldwin from the University’s Widening Access team said: “As a leading technological university, we take pride in making STEM careers available to all. We’re honoured to work with SmartSTEMs and EDF Energy to offer the interactive workshops run by our academics, both male and female, and inspire as many young girls as possible to help close the gender gap.”

Natasha May, engineer at EDF Energy said: “Since I became an engineer I’ve seen the number of women entering the industry increase, but there are still too few. Right now, only one in five people working in core STEM industries in Scotland is a woman.

“I’m delighted that EDF Energy is supporting these events. We want to inspire girls to imagine a future where they use STEM subjects to make a difference in the world. Giving them the chance to hear from women in the industry and to find out about the range of careers they could enter can do just that.”