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Dr Sarita Robinson

Dr Cat Tennick

Dr Joanne Pledger

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 (Image)

Professor Nicola Lowe

Nicola Lowe is the Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Read more ...

Nicola Lowe is the Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Read more ...

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Dr Joanne Pledger

After achieving a first class degree in astrophysics from the University of Liverpool, Joanne completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield. Read more ...

After achieving a first class degree in astrophysics from the University of Liverpool, Joanne completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield. Read more ...

Dr Joanna Heaton-Marriott (Image)

Dr Joanna Heaton-Marriott

Dr Heaton-Marriott’s first brush with the impact of science came as a 10-year-old, when she wrote into a television show about her concern over the pollution in a stream near her house. Read more...

Dr Heaton-Marriott’s first brush with the impact of science came as a 10-year-old, when she wrote into a television show about her concern over the pollution in a stream near her house. Read more...

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Dr. Sarita Robinson

Sarita Robinson earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lancaster University, before completing her MSc in Cognitive Sciences at Manchester University. Red more...

Sarita Robinson earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lancaster University, before completing her MSc in Cognitive Sciences at Manchester University. Red more...

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Dr. Catherine Tennick

Cathrine is a STEM ambassador, regularly involved in activities that engage the public with forensic science. Read more...

Cathrine is a STEM ambassador, regularly involved in activities that engage the public with forensic science. Read more...

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Nicky Danino

Nicky Danino, Senior Lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing, recently spoke to Fine Controls about gender equality/women in engineering. Read more...

Nicky Danino, Senior Lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing, recently spoke to Fine Controls about gender equality/women in engineering. Read more...