Why we need women leading in science

We know there is a gender gap in STEM. 35% of STEM students are women, yet we represent only 15% of STEM leaders and managers.   Young children of all genders show equal interest in science, yet by age 10 when asked to draw a picture of a scientist, young girls are twice as likely to…


Closing the gender gap in science

29.3% of the world’s researchers, professionals “engaged in the conception or creation of new knowledge”, are women. Women are 24% of the core STEM workforce in the UK and are 35% of STEM students. Women make up 39% of physical sciences students, but 19% in engineering, computing, and technology. No studies consider gender minorities in…


I’m not a scientist, but…

I’m not a scientist but, I’d love to see more easily accessible and reliable scientific information on social media/everyday life. The current media stream puts out a lot of science based content, but like many others, I am often unsure of how reliable the information is, or if there has been a clickbait title and…


International Women’s Day UEA

11 February 2019 saw women all over the world coming together to celebrate International Women’s Day, and UEA was no different. Female scientists at UEA celebrated their successes and offered advice to young women who are unsure about pursuing a career in science. They were part of a day organised by the United Nations General…


Tuition fee proposals

Two-tier undergraduate tuition fees have been considered by the Higher Education Review. As part of the UK Government’s Higher Education Review, due for publication in early 2019, there has been unconfirmed reports that the Review’s recommendation will be to set different tuition fees for arts and science students. It has been widely reported that under…


Norwich Science Festival: A week of science

During October half-term, dozens of events took place in and around Norwich to celebrate the Norwich Science Festival. Primarily based at the Forum, the festival hosted a wide range of talks, experiments and even an outer-space VR experience. Rockets were flying, toys were being made, and there were plenty of pop-up stands where you could…


Science, maths and engineering graduates are “brightest” students

A report conducted at Duke University indicates that students studying maths, science or engineering degrees are among the most intelligent members of society. Humanities students ranked in the middle of the data, while education and agriculture students came consistently at the bottom. Dr. Jonathan Wai, a research scientist at Duke University, in North Carolina, conducted…


Gender and science: glass ceiling or sticky floor?

On 19th November there will be various events for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day at UEA which will include raising awareness of opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) based subjects. People working in Stem careers provide society with necessities such as water, energy, transport and healthcare equipment – so why aren’t the proportions…

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