uk resource centre for women in science, engineering and technology


The role of the education sector - schools, careers professionals, further education colleges, higher education institutions, research councils and professional institutes -in shaping girls’ and women’s aspirations and enabling them to build on their high performance in science at school [1] is key to understanding and addressing women’s under-representation in science, engineering and technology [2].
The UKRC’s engagement across the sector focuses both on increasing women’s access to SET and also reshaping SET structure and culture itself in order to improve female (and male) students’ experiences and retention. Rather than focusing solely on increasing the numbers of women in SET, our input as providers of training, advice, practical support and gender-mentoring shapes the development of gender-inclusive curricula, teaching styles and wider learning environments.
We have developed joint initiatives with many professional institutes and organisations within the education sector. We also provide gender equality advice and training to education providers, research councils and professional institutes to ensure that all their policies and activities effectively engage, involve and enable women’s participation in science, engineering and technology.

[1] Girls across all ethnic groups are generally outperforming boys at GCSE and ‘A’Level. (National Curriculum Assessments, GCSE and Equivalent Attainment and Post-16 Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England, DFES, 2005/06).
[2] The Roberts’ Report: S E T for Success (April 2002), highlighted shortages in the future supply of graduates as a whole in SET subjects, and a shortage of girls choosing physical sciences at A level.



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