Dr Patrick White
Associate Professor of Sociology, The University of Leicester
Patrick White is the current Associate Professor at the Department of Media, Communications and Sociology at the University of Leicester. Patrick has a particular interest in investigating issues with education and training and the impact of this on the jobs market and employment trajectories. Articles include; ‘Where do all the STEM graduates go? Higher Education, the labour market and career trajectories in the United Kingdom’. Journal of Science and Technology, Smith, White (2019); ‘A great way to get on? The early career destinations of science,technology engineering and mathematics graduates’, Research Papers in Education, Smith,White (2016).
Research areas include Student decision-making in compulsory schooling; teacher recruitment, retention and morale; educational markets and segregation; determinants of lifelong learning; patterns of internet use; participation in higher education; and the supply of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workers.
The afternoon debate at the conference will focus on the skills mix needed ahead in STEM, and how to ensure that women can be central to this opportunity. Are educators prepared to bridge the skills gap and what can employers do to retain graduates and employees?
Read Patrick’s conference blog to gain an insight into his research looking at STEM graduates and which careers they ultimately choose.