Positive female role models needed to inspire girls to take STEM subjects

Posted Oct 3rd 2012, 16:38


Positive female role models needed to inspire girls to take STEM subjects

Today’s  figures released today by the Institute of Physics show that nearly half (49%) of all co-ed maintained schools in England do not send even one girl on to do physics A-level.

This new report stresses the vital importance of positive female role models ; needed to inspire more girls to take scientific and technical subjects which are the gateway to a great career in science, technology, engineering or the built environment.

The WISE Awards celebrate those who are inspiring other women and girls to choose a career in STEM

The 2012 WISE Awards in association with Amey will be held on 29 November 2012 at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, London. Long term supporter and patron of WISE, HRH The Princess Royal has confirmed her attendance at the awards ceremony.

HRH The Princess Royal will deliver a speech at the event and will present each of the eight category winners with their awards, and the WISE Excellence winner with their cheque for £1000.00. Her Royal Highness will also meet with the shortlisted nominees and sponsors of the 2012 awards.

The prestigious award ceremony is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate those who are inspiring other women and girls to choose a career in science, engineering and technology. Previous winners have described that the awards gave them further encouragement to continue to promote science, engineering and technology as an exciting and rewarding career. Last year’s attendees noted that they had made progress as a result of attending the awards.

Last year’s winner of the 2012 WISE Excellence award, Claire Jones said, "The WISE awards gave me an incredible opportunity to meet and share ideas with other women and their sponsors, taking part in a range of exciting ventures.  To win the Excellence Award amongst a group of inspirational peers was a real surprise and pleasure."

“We have maintained contact with some of the people I met at the Awards event in London and they have helped us with events which has been good. The day itself was wonderful – I felt very privileged to be there." Liz Carter, The Warwick School, 2011 WISE Champion Award winner: joint winners.

Margaret Seear, Business Director for Amey said: “Amey is extremely proud to be headline sponsor of the WISE awards.  With STEM industries facing potential skills shortages, it is very encouraging to see such a strong pipeline of highly talented female professionals, who could well become the leaders of the future.”

See the shortlist for 2012 WISE Awards

With thanks to all the 2012 WISE Award sponsors:

2012 WISE Award sponsors



For all media enquiries please contact Pollyanna Dawber at The UKRC - WISE,

 p.dawber@theukrc.org , 01274 436485.

Notes to Editors

The UKRC – WISE  - Advancing gender equality and diversity from classroom to boardroom in science, engineering and technology.  


About WISE – Women into Science and engineering (WISE) inspires and celebrates women and girls from all backgrounds to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as pathways to exciting, worthwhile and fulfilling careers. WISE also supports education, business and industry with expert advice, consultancy and training.

The WISE Awards  - The WISE Awards in association with Amey are presented in recognition of the achievement of companies and individuals in promoting science, engineering and construction to girls and young women. Our high profile annual photographic exhibition, the Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards, will feature at the same event. The exhibition is a collection of creative and dramatic portraits that profile outstanding contemporary women within science, engineering and technology.