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Hallam University encouraging women scientists and engineers

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

As part of her campaign to increase the numbers of women working in science, engineering and technology Meg Munn MP recently met with representatives from Sheffield Hallam University. She wants to ensure that Sheffield becomes the first choice for women working in these fields.

Currently around 70% of women with relevant qualifications leave these professions and don’t return. Meg is concerned that this figure is far too high and that too many qualified women scientists, technologists and engineers leave for work elsewhere. She will be working with the University to understand more about the barriers that women face and support efforts to help women overcome these.

Meg said:

“We currently lose too much talent and too many ideas when qualified women scientists, technologists and engineers leave for work in other fields.

It’s a long standing problem. There are numerous issues at the root of this, some structural, many deep-seated and embedded in workplace culture. Some of these issues affect men too science, engineering and technology fail to attract and keep sufficient interest across both genders.

There are however particular issues about the numbers of women who join these professions and then become disillusioned and leave. Their loss is a huge waste precisely when the shortage of skilled workers is holding back research and manufacturing.”

If you would like to read more about these issues follow the link to the pamphlet edited by Meg, ‘Unlocking Potential: perspectives on women in science, engineering & technology’: http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Women%20in%20SET.pdf

 

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