PM SUPPORTS LUFF’S CALL FOR ACTION ON WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
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PM SUPPORTS LUFF’S CALL FOR ACTION ON WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

A call for more female role models in science and engineering was backed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron yesterday.
A call for more female role models in science and engineering was backed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron yesterday. He was responding during Prime Minister’s Questions to Mid Worcestershire MP Sir Peter Luff, who the Prime Minister praised for his campaigning activity to boost recruitment into science and engineering.

Sir Peter asked,

“On the day when BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour” has put the distinguished geneticist Professor Nazneen Rahman at No. 3 in its power list, I am pleased to remind the Prime Minister of his challenge to me to suggest practical policies that could address the damaging and long-standing under-representation of women in science and engineering careers. So what is his response to the thoughtful report, published last week, which I commissioned to meet his challenge, called “Through Both Eyes”, by the campaign group ScienceGrrl?”

The Prime Minister replied,

“May I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for campaigning and working so hard on this issue? It is really important for the future of our country - not just for gender equality but for our economic future - to get more women into STEM subjects and into engineering. I support the National Centre for Universities and Businesses’ target of doubling the number of female engineering graduates by 2030. We are working with employers, professional bodies and academic institutions to implement the Perkins review of engineering skills, and I think one of the most powerful things is role models like the one that my hon. Friend mentioned in his question.”

Commenting, Sir Peter said,

“I was delighted by the Prime Minister’s thoughtful and generous reply. This is a crucial issue for the nation. We are undergoing a manufacturing and engineering renaissance. British life sciences are world-leading. Our technology sector is flourishing. But in all these areas we face a serious shortage of scientists and engineers – particularly of female graduates and apprentices.

“Worcestershire is a centre of advanced manufacturing. If local companies are to flourish, it is crucial we do more to bring boys and girls into science and engineering”

ENDS

The report “Through Both Eyes” can be found here; http://sciencegrrl.co.uk/


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