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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I encourage more girls into STEM subjects? (You might be a teacher or a college tutor, or an employer)

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We suggest that you look at some of the examples of good practice contained in our own and our partner organisations' websites to give you ideas for possible strategies. In the Frequently Asked Questions below we offer some suggestions for running girls days, locating appropriate resources for classroom displays to highlight careers in STEM, finding relevant work experience etc. We would also be very pleased to talk to you in person if you have any specific questions which cannot be answered in our FAQs below. Please email j.collins@shu.ac.uk  

How do I find statistics about girls and women in STEM?

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WISE produces a statistics guide to Women in STEM in the UK. The most recent guide is from 2012. You can also find useful information about the participation of girls in Physics on the Institute of Physics website and in their October 2012 publication, 'It's different for girls' . The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) publishes an annual digest of statistics relating to staff and students in the Higher Education sector. These guides always include a focus on gender. Engineering UK also produces an annual report which focuses on the state of engineering in the UK which again looks in detail at the participation of women in the sector.

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I would like to organise a girls / careers day - how do I go about it and what support can WiSET provide if any?

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The WiSET team are unable to deliver girls days / events outside of our local region at the moment but we can send you some resources including outlines of the girls days/ STEM careers events which we have run ourselves, and we are also very happy to signpost to other sources of support.

We have some promotional material to encourage girls to consider study and careers in STEM including a range of posters and leaflets (see 'materials and resources for careers displays' question below) which could be of interest and we will be happy to send those to you. Please email j.collins@shu.ac.uk if you would like us to post you a set of resources. We can also provide you with lesson plans and guides on how to use the posters to maximum effect.

Our own website contains a great deal of information which may be useful in thinking about a girls day or STEM careers event, including the HerStory section which was funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering  and which includes a short  guide to help girls navigate their way through the site.

You might also be interested to look at the WISE (Women in Science, Engineering and Construction) website to see if they can provide some relevant information to help you plan your event http://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/    -

If you are interested in having some females who work in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Built Environment/ Construction) to visit your school and support your event, this could possibly be arranged through a STEMNET broker. Some STEMNETs organise a ‘speed networking’ event where the pupils can talk to STEM ambassadors about their roles in an informal setting. Visit the STEMNET wesbsite to find your local centre and see what might be available.

Another source of valuable information is the Future Morph website which hosts a resource entitled: Science and Maths....see where they can take you  which has a number of video clips of women (and men) in jobs in SET. These can be used as lesson starters and/or in assemblies. This Future Morph site also includes a specialist section for Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance staff called STEM Choices  and a section aimed at teachers.

You might also like to see if the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) are holding any girls only events in your area - The WiSET team have delivered a number of First Edition events in collaboration with EDT including one at Sheffield Hallam University each year.

The WiSET team were also involved in a large project to promote STEM careers – the resources are all housed on the national STEM centre e library – see the links below  http://stem.org.uk/cx8h  http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/elibrary/resource/1302/careers

Finally, the Women's Engineering Society set up National Women in Engineering Day (usually 23 June each year) and it may be helpful for you to link any girls day activities to this annual event and liaise with WES to see if they can help you find women in STEM to support your event.

How can I get materials and resources for display boards to encourage girls to consider STEM subjects and careers?

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The WiSET team can send you some materials for your display including our own posters which can also be downloaded from our website, a poster which we produced in partnership with WISE entitled 101 jobs from Science and Maths, and our own Women in SET postcards. There are a range of other STEM organisations which will be able to help you find suitable materials - see below

Do you offer work experience? (You might be a teacher enquiring on someone's behalf, or you might still be at school or at university)

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The WiSET Team offers two work experience placements each year within the Centre for Development and Research in Education - details of our offer can be found here.  Placement students who joined us during the summer of 2013 wrote an article about their experiences for our newsletter .

We receive more requests than we can accommodate and have created some guidelines for families and others (such as teachers) to help them find STEM work experience placements.  A full list of our resources relating to work experience can be found here

I am returning to study/work following a career break - do WiSET have information or resources to support me with my return?

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  • Our website has a section for women and girls with a wide range of information and advice to support your return to work
  • The WiSET team has also run a number of returners courses to support women back into STEM careers - for more information, see 'Women Returning to STEM' in Career Matters magazine 
  • The Women’s Engineering Society is a membership organisation with a number of regional hubs which is for women in STEM. they offer networking and other events which could be of interest in helping you to build skills, confidence and contacts.
  • WISE provides a wide range of information for women and girls who are in or wishing to enter/ return to a career in STEM. They advertise jobs and have a growing list of employer members who are committed to supporting women in STEM roles.
  • If you would like to speak to a trained careers adviser, you should be able to arrange an interview through a local office of the National Careers Service. If you are a relatively recent graduate you may also be able to arrange to receive some support from your awarding University
  • Training as a STEM ambassador may also be of benefit to you in your return to work. This would involve volunteering to take part in activities in schools to encourage young people to consider STEM careers. This could include supporting hands-on activities and talking about your own career, and is an interesting way of building skills and networks. To find out more go to the STEMNET website and either contat your local provider or enrol as a STEM ambassador online.

 

 

 

 

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