Kirsty Hughes, Learning & Development Advisor, BAM Nuttall
Stella Pytharouli, The University of Strathclyde
The Engineering Faculty and BAM Nuttall recognise the need to encourage more young people into STEM subjects and to close the imbalance between males and females in traditionally male dominated subjects, such as engineering. To achieve this, BAM Nuttall have partnered with the Engineering Faculty in a number of initiatives that aim to inspire young girls into a career in engineering, break down social barriers for female engineering students, and support and promote strong role models for inspiring a new generation of women in engineering to reach senior management roles.
Kirsty is responsible for Learning & Development at BAM Ritchies, the ground engineering division at BAM Nuttall, and as part of her role manages the STEM Ambassador programme in the division. Kirsty is passionate about addressing the skills gap in engineering and tackles the gender imbalance in the industry by encouraging young girls to study an engineering discipline and recruiting, developing and retaining women in the business.
Stella is the Director for Outreach in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde. She is the Academic coordinator of the Faculty’s Engineering the Future for Girls programme that brings 100 13-14 year-old girls annually into a University environment to inspire them into thinking of Engineering as a career option. She is also the leader of the Outward Bound course, a course deliberately designed to create support networks for female students that last throughout their degree. BAM Nuttall is sponsoring and is actively involved in the delivery of both programmes.
Kirsty and Stella lead the joint effort between Strathclyde and BAM Nuttall on Outreach, facilitating the communication between the two organizations and closely work together.