Realising potential: Widening participation in Science and Technology

Professor Nigel J Mason (OU)

The United Kingdom, like most of Europe, is struggling to attract its younger generation into Science Engineering Technology and Mathematics (STEM). This presentation will examine a number of issues: How can we both improve uptake of STEM at schools and universities, and ensure subsequent careers are attractive to the next generation? In particular, how can we encourage more women into STEM? And how can we retain women in scientific careers after the common family-based 'career break'? How can we overcome the current small numbers of ethnic minority students in the United Kingdom's STEM? Are there cultural reasons for current problems or does the lack of exemplars result in a self-perpetuating failure?