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People Like Me – a revolutionary new way to engage girls with Physics and Engineering

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  • UserProfessor Averil Macdonald, Non-executive Director of WISE: The Women in Science and Engineering Campaign
  • ClockWednesday 03 February 2016, 13:30-14:30
  • HousePhysics West Lecture Theatre.

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It is well-documented that UK STEM industries report significant difficulty recruiting people with the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) skills they need. It is also frequently noted that the UK needs 36,000 more engineers per year to fulfil industry needs as older employees retire and that this is a serious risk to UK economic growth. The accepted response to these facts is that, if only we can enthuse / inspire / encourage under-represented groups to enter STEM fields, then the skills shortfall will disappear. Unfortunately we have spent time money and effort on this for 30 years and have made NO impact on the percentages of girls studying physics and engineering. Based upon her report, ‘Not for people like me‘, Prof Averil Macdonald will set out the facts and the fiction and identify what the research really indicates we should be doing if we really want a more diverse STEM workforce and explain her revolutionary new approach to engaging girls with STEM based upon enabling girls to resolve the conflict between their self-identity and their perception of the STEM -identity that prevents girls choosing physics and engineering.

This talk is part of the Juno & Athena Swan workshops and lectures series.

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