RSC Response Call for Evidence by the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Lifting barriers to women in STEM: A strategy for Scotland
20 September 2011
The RSC identifies the key challenges facing the STEM workforce throughout the UK as:
- ensuring effective interdisciplinary research to advance high-growth technology output;
- attracting young people to STEM careers, development of appropriate skills and retention of talent/skills;
- creation of a more entrepreneurial culture;
- effective transfer of knowledge between universities and industry, bridging the gap between the science base and business;
- supporting diversity in STEM workforce, in particular addressing the "leaky pipeline" of women in STEM;
- ensuring employment stability;
- connecting with, educating and inspiring the public;
- ensuring positive media interaction and coverage.
Specific to Scotland the RSC also identifies the following challenges:
- attracting investment in Scottish science, engineering and technology;
- preventing a "brain drain" following closure of large sites (e.g. Newhouse).
RSC Response to Call for Evidence by the Royal Society of Edinburgh "Lifting barriers to women in STEM: a strategy for Scotland"
20 September 2011 - The RSC identifies many key challenges and opportunities for the STEM workforce in Scotland
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Dr Andrea McGhee MRSC
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