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Did you know?

  • In 2012 girls and boys entered exams in STEM GCSEs in almost equal numbers. Girls also do well and usually outperform boys in the majority of STEM GCSE subjects. 
  • At A-level, lower numbers of females took all STEM subjects, except biology. The proportion of girls studying Chemistry and Mathematics has been steadily rising, however only 8% of students in computing were female and 22% in physics.
  • When these figures are compared with those for GCSE, we get an indication of the scale of the ‘leaky’ pipeline. Large numbers of girls who were successful in STEM subjects at GCSE level do not enter for A level exams in these subjects. 
  • Whilst females accounted for just over 40% of undergraduates in mathematical sciences and physical science last year, they accounted for only 18% in computer science and 15% in Engineering. 
  • Despite the economic downturn, 43% of UK STEM employers report difficulty recruiting staff and more than half are expecting difficulty over the next three years. (CBI, 2011). Yet there is still a lack of women in STEM careers across Europe,  particularly in the UK which at 9% has the lowest proportion of women in STEM jobs. 
  • A 2011 Girlguiding UK survey found that 43% of girls said they were put off science and engineering careers because they did not know enough about the kind of careers available. 60% said they also were put off by a lack of female role models.