Promoting Women in Science

Supporting Women into STEM Higher Education

Women Studying
What We Do

We believe higher education should be more accessible to those from a disadvantaged background.

Women’s participation in higher education is good, albeit from more affluent backgrounds. However, it is still low in many STEM subjects that can provide a great foundation for a range of careers.
We provide financial support to women from disadvantaged backgrounds to support tuition fees and living expenses for STEM Higher Education.

We also work with partner organisations to provide targeted pre-university support to increase enrolment in STEM degrees.

Women in Stem Science
Who We Are

We are a data-led Charity, looking to support interventions that have a base of evidence to support measurable outcomes.

We are a relatively new charity and have built up a substantial body of learning and experience in a short period of time.
We are building an organisation for the long term that we will grow over time.

The charity is currently run by seven trustees who work part-time.
You can find further details on us here.

Did You Know?

  • In 2022, in the UK, only 24.4% of disadvantaged 18-year-olds were accepted to start a degree vs 50.9% for the least disadvantaged (UCAS 2021/22 entry data)
  • Using the measure of those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)20.8% of this group were accepted vs 38.9% of those who were not in receipt of FSM (UCAS 2021/22 entry data)
  • Women with a degree can increase earnings at age 29 by over 26% (IFS 2018)
  • Four of the five highest-earning degrees at age 29 for Women were in STEM subjects (IFS 2018)
  • STEM higher education has lower representation in several areas from women. In 2019/20 more women than men studied Medicine but far fewer studied many core STEM subjects (HESA)
  • Whilst Women are well represented in Medicine only 6% of women admitted in 2017 were from the most disadvantaged quintile whereas 52% came from the least disadvantaged quintile (2017 Medical Alliance report)
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