Ewing confirms £79,000 placements funding for female STEM students

Annabelle Ewing (centre) aims to encourage more women into STEM careers
Annabelle Ewing (centre) aims to encourage more women into STEM careers

Women undergraduates studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects will continue to benefit from the CareerWISE programme in the coming year.

Funding of £79,000 for work placements for female undergraduates is due to be formally announced today by Annabelle Ewing, the Scot-Gotvt’s Youth and Women’s Employment Minister when she chairs a special meeting to look at the barriers to gender equality in STEM professions.

Ewing will lead the meeting of the Strategic Group on Women and Work as it meets at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, which will also be attended by Fair Work Minister Roseanna Cunningham.

Invited speakers include Professor Lesley Yellowlees of Edinburgh University and Oonagh Werngren, Operations Direction at Oil and Gas UK.

Last year, 30 students completed a placement giving them real life work experience and allowed them to build up important links with the STEM sector to help them realise their career aspirations.

Ewing said: “We are seeing progress in the promotion of STEM careers to girls and women and the various routes into them through Modern Apprenticeships, college and university courses but we want to do more.

“These are still areas that see higher than average rates of gender segregation that reinforces stereotypes and tackling it will help us reduce the gender pay gap and see more women reach the higher levels in these professions.

CareerWISE, which is delivered by Equate Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University, was created in 2013 to encourage and support young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Power Foundation – a registered charity – has announced 14 new post-graduate energy and environment scholarship grants in the UK for the 2016-17 academic year.

Places are available at seven universities in the UK, including, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Strathclyde. The deadline for applications is 29 March 2016.

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