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Addressing gender balance - reaping the gender dividend in STEM. Lorna McAlpine STEM Business Co-ordinator E-mail: lorna.mcalpine@stembusinessgroupni.com. STEM Business Subgroup- focus on 5 recommendations from Success through STEM strategy including:

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addressing gender balance reaping the gender dividend in stem

Addressing gender balance - reaping the gender dividend in STEM

Lorna McAlpine

STEM Business Co-ordinator

E-mail: lorna.mcalpine@stembusinessgroupni.com

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STEM Business Subgroup-

  • focus on 5 recommendations from
  • Success through STEM strategy including:
    • Develop a clear STEM careers path
    • and
    • Address gender balance
    • Develop STEM links in other regions
activities to address gender balance
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 26 June to engage STEM employers and start to capture ideas and good practice- 70 attended
  • Developed and consulted on a STEM Charter for CEOs; in partnership with Equality Commission NI
  • Gathered 7 Good Practice Case Studies
  • Published STEM supplement in Belfast Telegraph– 17 Sept- featuring female role models
addressing gender balance report published november 2013
Addressing Gender Balance-Report published November 2013
  • The Business Case for Gender Equality in STEM –’employ more women and make more money’
  • 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
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 development
  • Allstate, extensive range of family friendly initiatives - retention
  • Atkins – Women’s Leadership Council , Women’s Development Programme
  • Queen’s University – Athena Swann award holders- Cultural issues
what s next
What’s Next ?
  • Work with Equality Commission NI to publish Good Practice Manual
  • Sign up more firms to the Charter
  • Organise seminars to discuss the manual
  • Organise a network of STEM employers to partner and implement the guidelines
  • Continue to take opportunities to communicate about the report
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Why ... because..‘STEM- It’s where the jobs are’Belfast Met WebsiteLink for STEM supplement: http://www.matrix-ni.org/#/stem/4575908443Link for Addressing Gender Balance Report:http://www.matrix-ni.org/#/stem-news/4580773501