Journalist, author and award winning technology blogger Kate Russell will visit Lincoln in April to deliver what she calls her ‘manifesto for encouraging more girls to study STEM’ as part of the Eleanor Glanville Centre’s Be Inspired lecture series.
According to recent government figures, it is estimated that of the 46% of the UK workforce that is made up by women, only 15.5% of those are in science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs. Despite the gender imbalance being a mainstream topic of debate the situation doesn’t seem to be improving.
A regular on BBC technology Click, Kate is a champion of women in STEM and has spoken at numerous conferences, digital policy meetings, schools and universities to inspire the next generation of technologists. Kate is also an award winning technology blogger and has been featured as one of the top 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine for two years running.
The overall picture is improving, with estimates suggesting that by 2010 49% of women will have degree-level qualifications compared to just 44% of males. Women are also expected to take two-thirds of the new high-skill jobs created over the next six years however numbers for STEM specifically remain low. Kates talk will cover the potential reasons why women aren’t taking on STEM related subjects as well as what more can be done to encourage girls to pursue these kinds of careers.
The talk is free, but booking is recommended.