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WISE offers a unique and wide-ranging set of resources relating to girls and women in STEM

WISE has 30 years experience of inspiring girls and women to enter and progress in STEM careers. We are experts in this field and here we share our vast resources, both historical and current. You will find statistics, publications, archives, useful links and information about our role models.

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Higher Education Statistics 2016

Date Published: 8 February 2017

There was no significant change in the number of women graduating from UK universities with a core STEM degree in 2016 compared to the year before. Women made up 25% of the total, the same as last year and the year before. Just over 22,000 women graduated in 2016 in the five core subjects most relevant to construction, engineering and technology, compared to over 65,000 men.

From Classroom to Boardroom: The STEM Pipeline

Date Published: 9 November 2016

Women in the STEM Workforce 2016

Date Published: 9 November 2016

This demonstrates that some progress is being made, but as the STEM sectors continue to grow, the rate at which women are taking up jobs does not compare to that of men.

Women on Boards of FTSE 100 Companies

Date Published: 13 September 2016

In this year’s list, there are only 6 companies across the FTSE 100 with only one woman on the board and 60% of companies now have more than two women on the board of directors. Within the STEM sector the number of companies reaching this milestone has increased significantly since 2015 (Table 1). However, the STEM sector still lags behind the non-STEM sector where 65% of companies have hit this benchmark.

People Like Me Network Rail pack

Network Rail and WISE have worked together to produce this People Like Me pack. Network Rail were one of the founding partners of the People Like Me original pack. Their bespoke pack sets out a range of exciting opportunities that are available at Network Rail. It equips teachers and STEM Ambassadors, careers advisors and others with materials that can show girls from a diverse range of backgrounds that, if they continue with at least one STEM subject post-16, they are likely to have better career prospects and more career choice.

STEM Apprenticeship Achievements 2016
STEM Apprenticeship Achievements 2016

Apprenticeship Achievements and Starts 2014/15

Date Published: 8 September 2016

Whilst it is reassuring to see that the number of women taking key STEM apprenticeships has increased over the past four years, the proportion of female apprenticeships remains small. It is extremely disappointing to see that the overall percentage of female STEM apprentices remains static and that there has been no significant increases in the uptake of these apprenticeships by women in this period.

STEM 2016 GCSE results

Date Published: 26 August 2016

The 2016 GCSE results show that there has been an increase in the number of STEM subjects taken by students. Girls are taking more STEM subjects and achieving better grades at GCSE.

2016 A-Level results for Physics
2016 A-Level results for Physics

STEM 2016 A-Level results

Date Published: 19 August 2016

The 2016 A-level results show the proportion of girls taking core STEM subjects has held up, but a worrying drop in the number of girls taking A-level physics, a core entry requirement for a career in engineering.

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