Archibald welcomes efforts to improved gender equality within STEM
Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the investment of £500,000 in a research project on gender equality within Science Technology Engineering and Maths at Queen’s University. The research will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the University of Glasgow.
The party's Further and Higher Education spokesperson said:
"Investment in the 'Inclusion Really Does Matter' research project, which aims to understand and address attitudes towards gender initiatives in STEM, is both welcome and necessary.
“The numbers of women pursuing STEM to the point of employment has stagnated despite efforts and initiatives being put in place to address inequalities in gender representation; this is particularly apparent in engineering with women representing less than 10% of the workforce.
“Understanding the barriers to gender equality initiatives is vital to putting in place effective measures to address those blockages.
“Given the often cited ‘skills shortage’ in STEM areas, it is important a joined-up approach is put in place to address this and to also tackle the diversity issues in STEM.”