Rising to the Challenge

Equate Scotland have just released ‘Rising to the Challenge’, a report with recommendations to increase women’s participation in STEM over the next ten years. Since its launch in 2006, Equate Scotland has become an expert agency in promoting, developing and supporting women in STEM. Equate has worked with thousands of women working in the sector, and studying STEM subjects, from across Scotland.

http://www.equatescotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/10-Years-of-Equate.pdf The report highlights what Equate has delivered over the past ten years and lists the success of several specialist projects. The report is also informed by a national survey, including views from over 1100 women, girls, educators and employers across Scotland. Highlights from the report

Out of 1129 participants:

  • Over 70% want regular talks in all schools across Scotland from STEM industry experts

  • Over half want dedicated science ambassadors allocated to schools

  • More than 3 in 5 (68%) want women’s STEM networks in universities and colleges

  • More than 3 in 5 (65%) want industry placements to become a standard part of all undergraduate degrees

  • Almost 70% want flexible working to be standard practice in industry

  • Half want to see a Scotland wide campaign initiated to promote STEM careers.

The Scottish Government has committed to developing a STEM strategy to inspire more young people – and in particular young women - to consider a career in STEM. For more information on how Equate Scotland can support women, girls, educators and employers, call 0131 455 5108 or email info@equatescotland.org.uk

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