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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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Analysis of GCSE STEM entries and results

Date Published: 24 August 2017

Girls continue to outperform boys across most STEM subjects and entries by girls continue to grow across many subjects, despite a drop in STEM entries overall.

Analysis of A level core STEM entrants and results by girls

Date Published: 17 August 2017

The number of girls entering key core STEM subjects has increased, despite the overall number of A level entries across all subjects falling. However, girls still remain under represented across core STEM - for the second year in a row they represent just 36.7% of entrants to core STEM subjects due to a growing number of boys taking the subjects too.

People Like Me: Pathways to Apprenticeships

Building on the revolutionary approach of the original People Like Me resource, People Like Me: Pathways to Apprenticeships is an outreach resource aimed at helping girls and young women aged 14-19 see that they can be happy and successful on STEM apprenticeships.

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

Today the STEM worker shortfall is estimated to be approximately 69,000 thousand per year. Without drastic change, UK key growth industries risk stalling and the UK has the potential to fall even further behind other European countries. A press release at the WISE Conference , on 10 November 2016 highlights one potential solution – to focus on the 50,000 girls turning away from a STEM education every year. Without significant change to increase the potential number of skilled STEM practitioners leaving education, the labour force skills shortage will only deepen.

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.

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