Equate Scotland have released Rising to the Challenge, a report with recommendations to increase women’s participation in STEM over the next ten years.
The report is 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.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged her support for the work, saying:

Equate Scotland has done a huge amount of work over the past decade to encourage more women to study and pursue careers in STEM subjects. Their report shows that women are enthusiastic about opportunities in the sector but still face barriers.

That is why the Scottish Government has committed to developing a STEM strategy to inspire more young people to consider a career in STEM. It will also specifically consider how we can encourage and get girls enthusiastic about subjects like physics where they are currently under-represented. I’m delighted this government has been able to support Equate Scotland to deliver their important programmes and we will continue to work with them to bring about a positive change in the sector.

The full report can be downloaded here. For more information on how Equate Scotland can support women, girls, educators and employers, call us on 0131 455 5108 or email us on .

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