More work needed to help women bridge Scotland’s STEM skills gap

More work needed to help women bridge Scotland’s STEM skills gap

Issued: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:23:00 GMT

Dr Tanya Wilson

Progress has been made in tackling gender equality in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professions in tackling inequality in Scotland during the last six years.

Dr Tanya Wilson, economics lecturer at Adam Smith Business School is part of a working group at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) who looked at ways to improve gender inequality in STEM.

The Tapping All Our Talents report, published by the RSE and RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) highlights the progress made.

More women are employed in the STEM sectors, including in academia, but more needs to be done to ensure men and women can enjoy equal prospects in the STEM sectors, and to ensure Scotland utilises the talents of all its citizens to maximise the country’s economic prospects.

Through a public consultation, a series of roundtable discussions, and a review of the
literature and data available, the Tapping All Our Talents Review 2018 considers what has –
and has not – changed for women working in STEM in Scotland today, and it makes
recommendations for addressing the under-representation of women in STEM.

This includes the need for leadership from UK and Scottish Governments to drive culture change and strong sustained partnerships  between educators and industry to deliver education and training that inspires all people to engage in STEM.

Dr Tanya Wilson said: “Although improvements in gender equality are evident in the STEM sector, the pace of progress is stubbornly slow. Realising gender equality in STEM in Scotland requires challenging deeply-entrenched societal views on gender roles in all areas: in home-life, in education and in workplaces.”

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