Semta has launched the STEMalliance -a partnership between the government, educationalists and industry.

STEMalliance seeks  to nurture and train UK’s future STEM talent in order  to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power our engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage.

For further information  http://www.semta.org.uk/STEMalliance

Telegraph STEM Awards launched for 14-15

The Telegraph UK STEM Awards has been relaunched this month as a unique opportunity for the  next generation to shine. This competition promises to be bigger and better than before and  reiterates the  importance of STEM subjects in the quest to satisfy the need for more graduates in these subjects. For further details have a look at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/education/stem-awards/

STEM Awards winners 2014

 

 

 

2014 GCSE and A level statistics show that girls still have to catch up on the boys in STEM subjects

boys vs girls 2014

Entry trends, Gender and Regional Charts GCSE 2014

a level gender data JCQ 2014

The season of GCSE and A level results has again confirmed the need to inspire girls to consider STEM subjects at school. Skirting Science is aimed to do just that – the numbers speak for themselves. Whilst statistics show girls are gaining on the boys at GCSE level,  at A level the numbers diverge. Physics, Engineering  and Design and Technology appear to be less popular with girl students. This gender related issue is covered in a CaSE review published in May 2014 which provides some insight to this on-going  problem: http://www.sciencecampaign.org.uk/CaSEDiversityinSTEMreport2014.pdf

Further ideas about engaging students at school  in Physics is discussed  at  www.stimulatingphysics.org.

 

Girls, six reasons why science needs you to improve and enrich our future!

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2014

© EU, 2014

“I am not a scientist. But as a politician I am positively evangelical about the power of science to improve and enrich our lives and to sustain our economy”

Copenhagen, 24 June 2014

Minister Nielsen, ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be here. It is nearly two years since I addressed the ESOF Conference in Dublin.

That speech came at precisely the half-way point of my five-year mandate as European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

Speaking then to the ESOF plenary gave me a chance to articulate my very firm belief in science as the basis for better lives and a better economy.

I also talked about the European Commission’s plans to reform how we finance research and innovation and the need to invest more in the best science even with severe pressure on the EU budget.

And I spoke about putting research at the heart of EU policy-making.

Two years on, I believe that we have delivered on that agenda, with the biggest achievement being Horizon 2020, which will invest nearly 80 billion Euro in research and innovation between now and 2020.

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/geoghegan-quinn/headlines/speeches/2014/20140624-speech-esof_en.htm

 

http://science-girl-thing.eu/en/6-reasons-science-needs-you