Increasing Diversity in STEM careers

Published Friday, January 15, 2016

Increasing diversity in STEM, Westminster Hall debate, 19 January 2015, 16:30 – 17:30

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Ian Lucas MP secured a Westminster Hall debate on Increasing diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.  The debate will take place on 19 January 2015, between 16:30 – 17:30.

There will be a digital debate on Twitter, ahead of the Westminster Hall debate. The digital debate will take place on Monday 18 January 2015, between 13:00 – 14:00, using #WomenInSTEM 

Promoting women in STEM – schools in England

In response to a January 2016 debate on feminism in the school curriculum, Schools Minister Nick Gibb set out the measures the Government was taking to encourage girls to study STEM subjects, drawing attention to:


Further and Higher Education

There are a range of other initiatives and funding streams aimed at supporting and recruiting STEM higher education students in England, including:

  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) monitoring of and funding for strategically important and vulnerable subjects (SIVS), plus support for projects such as SIGMA, a maths and statistics network.
  • Individual institutional scholarships for high-achieving students wishing to study STEM.
  • University outreach programmes encouraging both boys and girls to study STEM.
  • Flexible STEM degrees for students without science qualifications.
  • Generally, financial support is not available to students wanting to study a second degree, but the rules about student support for those wishing to pursue a second degree in a STEM subject have been relaxed.

From 2016-17, roll-out of income contingent student loans to some masters students (including, but not limited to, STEM students). The Government also indicated in a November 2015 policy document that it was committed to the introduction of fee loans for doctoral students

Science and Technology Committee

In the last Parliament, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published a report and government response on women in scientific careers:

Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0014

Authors: Douglas Pyper; Feargal McGuinness; Nerys Roberts; Grahame Danby

Topics: Employment, Research and innovation, Science

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