UTC Reading is a member of WISE, a campaign to promote women in science, technology and engineering.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women's recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are UTC Reading involved in?
UTC Reading joined WISE to support the national issue that there are simply not enough women in STEM subjects. As a college specialising in computer science and engineering, it is vital that we bridge the gap and can provide an essential workforce of women into these fields.
We run a STEM hub; a monthly action group where industry partners and schools from the local community meet to book up STEM activities and events with the explicit intention of encouraging young females into STEM careers. We also run a number of employer led enrichment activities with primary schools, serving the same purpose. By joining WISE, they will be able to support us on these efforts, help to spread the word, and provide us with authoritative research and an extended network that we can rely on to further our efforts.
Within three years we aim to have females making up 50% of our cohort and WISE will be instrumental in helping us achieve this goal.
Why did UTC Reading join WISE?
Stephanie Mitchell, Director of Industry Relations: "Having been passionate about creativity, design and engineering from a young age, I am inspired to share my positive experiences as a female in this sector; I am very keen to dispel the myth that engineering is a male profession."
For more information, visit the WISE campaign website.