Presentation - Lorna McAlpine

Women in STEM in Northern Ireland
Lorna McAlpine
STEM Business Co-ordinator
Priority Sectors for NI
• Advanced Materials and Engineering
(aerospace, electrical, electronics, automotive, renewables)
Financial & Business Services (incl. Technology)
Telecoms & ICT
Life & Health Sciences
Creative Industries
CHART 3 : NI domiciled students enrolled at UK HEIs by gender and subject area 2012/13
Veterinary science
Agriculture & related subjects
Mathematical sciences
Mass communications and …
Historical and philosophical studies
Architecture, building & planning
Physical sciences
Medicine & dentistry
Creative arts & design
Engineering & technology
Computer science
Biological sciences
Social studies
Business & administrative studies
Subjects allied to medicine
STEM Education in Summary 2013
Education Level
Female enrolments
ed as % of total
STEM enrolments)
(expressed as % of total
STEM enrolments)
Achieving degree 58.6%
Source: Department of Education and Department for Employment and Learning
STEM in Employment
In the workplace, more males work in STEM related areas.
•High level jobs in STEM related industries currently account for
11% of total employment.
• The ratio of male to females employed in STEM related
industries is 3 to 1.
• Males currently outnumber females in the manufacturing
sector by a ratio of 4 to 1.
(Source: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, NI Labour Force Survey and
Department for Employment and Learning Ministerial Oral Statement on Gender Issues.)
• Good match between:
• Skills from a STEM Course:
• Ability to: think analytically, problem solve and
use evidence to support arguments. Skills
include numeracy, literacy, the ability to use
information technology, group working,
presentational skills, time organisation, and
research skills and....
10 STEMNET skills identified by
• communication and interpersonal skills,
problem solving skills, using own initiative and
being self-motivated, working under pressure
and to deadlines, organisational skills, team
working, ability to learn and adapt, numeracy,
valuing diversity and difference and
negotiation skills.
Salaries and Opportunities
• In addition to increased employability, the
Science Council says that the long-term benefits
of having science qualifications and skills include
good salaries and variety of opportunity
• Degree courses can lead to Professional Status
–Tomorrow’ s Engineers Week site says salaries for
graduate and professionally qualified engineers are well
above the average. Those for Engineering Technicians(apprenticeships or other vocational route) are also
above the average ‘mid-career’ salary of £26,000.
STEM Business Grouprecommendations from
Success through STEM strategy
•Develop a clear STEM careers path
• Address gender balance
W5, Sentinus, ASE, FE, HE, BiTC, SEC
Activities to address gender balance
• Devised and consulted on a set of Good Practice Guidelines
for addressing gender balance in STEM industries
• Ran an event ’ Are you getting the balance right?’ on 6 June
2013 to engage STEM employers and start to capture ideas
and good practice- 70 attended
• Developed and launched a STEM Charter for CEOs; in
partnership with Equality Commission NI
• 60 people attended launch, 20 organisations signed
Charter, 24 to attend Network meeting in September
• Published STEM supplements in Regional papers in
September for UCAS and February for Year 10 and 12.
Featured female role models. One planned for September.
Addressing Gender Balance-Report
published November 2013
• The Business Case for Gender Equality in
STEM –’employ more women and make more
• Statistics for NI – 11 % employed in high level
STEM posts only 25% are women
• NI STEM CEO Charter
• Good Practice Guidelines – 22 simple steps
for pre- and post –recruitment
• Case Studies
Case Studies from report
• Schlumberger female engineering scholarship, girls’
schools’ open days
• NIE and Schrader - female role models in advertising
and as STEM ambassadors and as Mentors
• Ulster Bank- IT, female networking for career
• Allstate, extensive range of family friendly initiatives retention
• Atkins – Women’s Leadership Council , Women’s
Development Programme
• Queen’s University – Athena Swann award holdersCultural issues viz: Canada Room itself
Inspiring Women in STEM
in Northern Ireland
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell astrophysicist
Born in Belfast, lived in Lurgan, falied her 11+. Whilst studying for her
Ph.D. Discovered pulsars.
Catherine O’Neill winner of Young Business Women of
the Year
Catherine started her own business, Amelio, as a Civil Engineer, whilst
still at University. She employs 15 staff already
Ellvena Graham Managing Director of SME Banking for
Ulster Bank Group
Attended Methodist College Belfast, has worked in Ulster Bank including
IT for over 30 years Started a Network for Women in the Bank; Women in
Clare Flynn, Project Manager, Liberty IT
St Dominics, UUJ , Software Engineering 1st class Hons, with Scholarship
from Apion Biggest Influence- her mother. ‘ Create your own destiny’
Ruth Patterson Randox
Biochip Custom Unit Scientist
BSc (hons) degree in Biological Sciences at Queens University Belfast,
focused on genetics
Mary McCall , TreatTicket and Sheree Atcheson, Kainos
and Women Who Code UK
Mary has started her own digital business which is a mobile app and website for
discounted treats including pamper sessions, hotel stays and restaurant offers. Sheree
Atcheson, graduated in 2013, working for Kainos, has started Women who code as a
Meetup group to support women programmers in their career development
Lisa O’Neill Generations Connections Engineer NIE
Pictured on right hand side at launch of STEM Charter
Why ... because..
‘STEM- It’s where the jobs are’
Belfast Met Website
Link for STEM supplement:
Link for Addressing Gender Balance Report:
E-mail [email protected]
World class STEM Businesses
in Northern Ireland
STEM- It’s where the jobs are
Belfast Met Website

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