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Women in Science

Working with a range of schools, colleges, local industry and professional bodies, UCLan aims to inspire a generation, encouraging more students to enter the fields of engineering as well as broader STEM subjects, in particular the proportion of females.

We have developed a poster campaign which is part of our Athena Swan Bronze Award action plan, which demonstrates our commitment to recognising and rewarding success of Women in STEM. Female students are less likely to choose to study STEM subjects, this can be due to gender stereotypes and incorrect perceptions of the type of careers that are available. The posters were intended to present a range of female role models who balance their personal and professional lives and coming high-flying STEM success with a range of other interests.

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Although a report commissioned by EDF energy has revealed a third of British schoolgirls consider themselves not clever enough to pursue a career in science, Dr Joanna Heaton-Marriott contests the stereotype that STEM subjects are ‘for boys.’

'I enjoyed science at school because it was challenging; this appealed to me. It was all about ability, rather than gender. But gender stereotypes may have something to answer for here; when you look at the way toys are marketed for example, microscopes, telescopes and Lego tends to be categorised as ‘boys toys’ – whereas art and design kits are for girls. Also the use of pink for girls, blue for boys, makes it feel that children don’t have a choice. We also need to stop ‘feminising’ things to make them appealing, such as science kits around cosmetics or pink lab coats. Science is appealing anyway. However, I do think it’s true that girls can be less confident than boys in their own capability, and I can see how this may put them off STEM subjects, as they feel they’re not clever enough.'

Find out more about our Women in Science and what inspired them to combine a high-flying STEM career with a range of other interests

Professor Nicola Lowe

Professor Joanne Pledger

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