STEM Skills Fund

Endorsements

//The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools

“The Government welcomes innovative ideas such as those from the STEM Skills Fund to encourage many more girls and young women to continue studying STEM subjects to A-level and beyond. As Schools Minister, I am particularly interested in the pilot of the proposed programme and what can be learned from the result of its evaluation.”

//Sir Daniel Moynihan, CEO of Harris Federation

“As CEO of a chain of academies I recognise the huge need for projects such as the STEM Skills Fund. That is why Harris Federation intends to participate in the pilot of the STEM Skills Fund’s Maths and Physics Girls’ Scholarship programme.”

//Dame Professor Athene Donald, Master of Churchill College and a Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge

“Much good work is being done to promote female participation in STEM. As a female physicist, I know that much, much more needs to be done to address the under-representation of women in STEM, a problem that starts with choices made at school. I support the Maths and Physics Girls’ Scholarship programme because it targets the problem in a way that makes a lot of sense.”

//Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, Chancellor of the Open University and Co-Founder of Lastminute.com

“We must increase the number of women who study STEM subjects and work in STEM-related jobs if the United Kingdom is to remain technologically and economically competitive with other leading industrialised countries. We cannot afford to wait and see if more women will study STEM subjects. Investing in a range of programmes such as the Maths and Physics Girls’ Scholarship is necessary in order to improve the gender balance in STEM.”

//Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureate

“The STEM Skills Fund’s programme has the potential to make an important contribution to making sure more women participate in science post-16. It is essential that more of our brightest young women study STEM subjects to a high level for the United Kingdom to remain a world-beater in science and technology. I welcome and support this sensible and pragmatic proposal that has evidently been borne out of careful study of the issue.”

//Baroness Shriti Vadera, Chairman of Santander UK

“I am delighted you are setting this up. Promoting the wider take up of STEM subjects among girls, especially those from low-income backgrounds, is essential for the future productivity and inclusiveness of our economy.”