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Will a 50/50 pledge help fix gender equality in tech?

Published on 31 July 2015

Sandi MacPherson’s 50/50 Pledge is indicative of a movement that’s aiming for a fair proportion of men and women at tech events – and eventually in the industry

An interview with Millie Dresselhaus, the Queen of Carbon

Published on 31 July 2015

A nanomaterials pioneer who built her own thesis equipment from WW2 surplus.

HMRC launches paid digital apprenticeship with bonus of funded degree

Published on 30 July 2015

HMRC tells Computer Weekly about its first 15 apprenticeships available under the government-led Tech Industry Gold Apprenticeship scheme

11-14 year old girls immersed in week-long engineering summer school

Published on 29 July 2015

Imperial College London. The summer school covered all Departments within the Faculty of Engineering, highlighting the breadth of opportunities engineering offers students.

Fewer British women studying computer science than in 2010

Published on 28 July 2015

Computer gaming is the only UK university course to attract more women than in 2010. 

Jeremy Corbyn commits to making half of cabinet women, in ambitious 'Working with Women' policy document

Published on 28 July 2015

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has released a document outlining his proposals to increase gender equality in society, including a commitment to make half of his shadow cabinet women if he is elected.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to lead gender equality review in Ireland

Published on 22 July 2015

Former European Commissioner to lead a national review to address “systemic gender inequality” in higher education

University of Sheffield announces pioneering degree level apprenticeships

Published on 20 July 2015

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has announced a pioneering new education route for successful apprentices to study advanced vocational University degrees, as part of their apprenticeship training.

UK’s Most Influential Woman in IT Appointed techUK President

Published on 17 July 2015

Jacqueline de Rojas, who last week was named as the most influential woman in UK IT, has been appointed as President of the TechUK Board.

Taking teachers out of the classroom is key to widening girls’ participation in science

Published on 16 July 2015

Following a trailblazing project, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is recommending that in order to get more girls to study science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM), we need to take teachers out of the classroom to spend more time with local businesses.

Forget hardhats: engineering is about creativity, knowledge and relationships

Published on 16 July 2015

Najwa Jawahar, WSP | Parson Brinckerhoff structural engineer, discusses why she is encouraging more women to follow in her footsteps

How organisations in the financial markets stack up on diversity

Published on 15 July 2015

Following moves by Google and the big US technology firms to disclose diversity data, the think tank, New Financial recently analysed what the biggest companies and organisations across the financial markets (including banks, investment banks, asset managers, stock exchanges, law firms, central banks and regulators) in Europe say about their approach to diversity on more than 50 criteria.

Women In The UK Are Paid Less And There Are Ways To Change That

Published on 15 July 2015

On Tuesday, David Cameron said the government will push companies to publish average salaries of male and female employees. Here’s a look at the issue.

Report: cracking the glass ceiling for science and technology

Published on 14 July 2015

A report adopted by the women's rights committee on 14 July sets out how women could be helped to overcome the barriers preventing them from progressing in science, research and the technology sector.

University of Northampton schools event aims to inspire girls to consider a career in science

Published on 14 July 2015

The University of Northampton is helping to tackle the long term shortage of women working in science after hosting a special day of scientific activities for schoolgirls.

Food industry apprenticeships vital for growth

Published on 14 July 2015

Apprentices are vital to plug the food industry skills gap, says the Food and Drink Federation, while the Confederation of British Industry has slammed the government's latest apprenticeship plans.

Top pupil chose not to go to uni and lands apprenticeship at P&G

Published on 13 July 2015

A former head girl who shunned the traditional path to a top university now has an engineering apprenticeship with Procter & Gamble. Emily Hamlin, 17, from Horndon, said the decision was the best she had ever made.

Team from Reading Girls' School win multiple awards at science fair

Published on 13 July 2015

Eight girls from the Northumberland Avenue school won a handful of awards at the Big Bang South East Fair

The Women who Power NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto

Published on 12 July 2015

Women make up approximately 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. The female team members were photographed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on July 11, 2015, just three days before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto.

New report shows STEM workers twice as likely to miss job opportunities due to lack of skills

Published on 10 July 2015

Jobs vacancies in high level STEM occupations (those requiring science, technology, engineering and maths) are almost twice as likely to be left unfilled due to a lack of staff with the right skills, new research shows.

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