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Highland students call for more support for women interested in science, technology, engineering and maths careers


By Andrew Dixon

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UHI wants to promote science and technology learning for women.
UHI wants to promote science and technology learning for women.

The University of the Highlands and Islands’s STEM Femmes group wants to find organisations and individuals who can partner with them.

The group works across the university partnership to provide networking opportunities and support and to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to the next generation of women.

It wants to expand by collaborating with professionals, businesses and community groups across the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire.

Stuart Hall, the university’s equality and diversity adviser, said: “The University of the Highlands and Islands aims to support a diverse and prosperous region.

“We would love to hear from anyone working in STEM disciplines, whether as educators, innovators or employers, who feel we can work together to maximise our impact in supporting women in STEM.

“Collaborative projects may include podcasts, workshops, promotions, research and events – anything where groups feel they can use or provide a platform, a network, advice or that they could benefit from enthusiastic role models and ambassadors to fly the flag for women in STEM.”

Bryony Beck, one of the university’s STEM Femmes champions, said: “My plans are to connect female students across the STEM online student networks and get them more involved in campus events through video-conferencing and social media.

“I am also hoping to set up an online module for female STEM students on our virtual learning environment so it provides an area for online students to network and discuss.”

To find out more about STEM Femmes or to offer support, email Stuart Hall at stuart.hall@uhi.ac.uk

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