22 August 2012
For several years we have we have recognised science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as strategically important and vulnerable subjects. This provided the basis for a programme of work that addressed specific aspects of vulnerability in different strategically important subjects.
20 pupils from a range of schools were taken on a trip to CERN as part of Talent 2030, a Council for Industry and Higher Education project supported by the National HE STEM Programme and the University of Warwick.
Working with professional bodies and other key partners, our initial work under this programme focused on pilot projects designed to raise demand and widen participation in chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. We built on the successful elements of these projects, integrating the work into the National HE STEM Programme which ran from 2009-10 to 2011-12.
The programme comprises six partner institutions and four professional bodies. It has engaged with almost 90 universities and colleges across England and Wales through over 300 projects, many of which will continue to be sustained.
To mark the successes of the National HE STEM Programme a conference will be held on 4-6 September at the University of Birmingham, the partner institution that hosted the Programme.
The conference will provide the opportunity for STEM practitioners (specifically those working in physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering) to discover the latest developments in the learning and teaching of STEM courses. This includes new and enhanced approaches to widening participation and outreach activities, how to develop higher level skills in their student cohorts and employer partners, as well as finding new ways to encourage uptake of STEM subjects. Speakers include: Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE Chief Executive, Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies, Imperial College London, and Meg Munn MP Sheffield Heeley.
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