E is for Engineering - higher education and gender equality
The STEM Outreach Team are committed to increasing the number of girls applying to engineering courses at the University of Leeds and therefore increasing the diversity of students registering at Leeds at undergraduate level.
E is for Engineering is a programme for girls in West Yorkshire schools, introducing them to engineering as a subject and potential future career. Students will join the programme in Y7 and stay in the programme until Y10, during this time they will take part in a variety of workshops and have the opportunity to meet industry professionals and academics from the University of Leeds.
The project will be running for the fourth year from September 2022.
‘Women make up just 12.3% of all engineers in the UK, and only one in five of jobs are held by women in the wider engineering sector as a whole’ says Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2019/jun/26/how-changing-attitudes-are-closing-the-gender-gap-in-engineering
‘Only 35% of STEM teachers felt confident in giving engineering careers advice, and this has remained unchanged for a few years.’ (Engineering UK 2017: The State of Engineering, http://www.engineeringuk.com/media/1355/enguk-report-2017.pdf)
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