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Addressing the UK skills shortage

Monday, September 10, 2012

Meg Munn MP was invited to be a keynotes speaker at the National HE STEM Programme Conference at Birmingham University recently.

The Programme is a three-year initiative aimed at enhancing the way universities recruit students and deliver programmes of study within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Last year Meg edited Unlocking Potential: perspectives on women in Science, Engineering & Technology and has more recently been working with local organisation and universities to encourage girls and women to work in these sectors, and help them stay there.

At the conference Meg talked about why this issue is important to the UK economy, as well as to young girls studying STEM related courses. Surprisingly, 70% of women with qualifications in the science, engineering and technology subjects do not go on to work in these sectors. She discussed how this issue has been recognised by UK governments over the past decade, however more has to be done to address the skills shortage in industry.

Members of the audience working at Universities from across the UK questioned just how education, industry and government can continue to work together and improve the situation. This included developing an understanding for young people in schools about what engineering actually involves, and learning from other subjects such as maths, which has a high intake of girls.

Her speech is available at:

http://www.megmunnmp.org.uk/press-view-entry.asp?type=Views&id=424

 

Unlocking Potential: perspectives on women in Science, Engineering & Technology can be read at: http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Women%20in%20SET.pdf

 

For details about the National HE STEM Programme visit:

http://www.hestem.ac.uk/conference

 

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