Women in STEM2017-08-09T16:07:04+00:00

All MATRIX reports completed to date have highlighted the issue of STEM skills shortages. Futhermore, a significant gender imbalance across the STEM skills pipeline has been identified as a cross cutting element of these shortages. The 2016 AMME and Digital ICT reports have both documented a continued, poor representation of women, an issue which merits further examination.

If we can encourage women into STEM and subsequently remain in this skills pipeline, we could go a long way to solving the skills shortages.

Panel Chair

Professor Kathy Gormley-Heenan

Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at Ulster University. Previously, she was the Director of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRISS) and a Professor of Politics in the School of Criminology, Politics & Social Policy at Ulster.

She holds a first class honours degree in politics from Queens University, Belfast (1994) and an MPhil in Modern Middle East Studies from Oxford University (1996) before becoming a UK Kennedy Scholar in the J.F.K. School of Government and Public Policy at Harvard University, USA (1996-1997).  She received her PhD in History and International Affairs from the University of Ulster in 2005.

Her primary research interests and expertise lie in the areas of public policy, governance, political elites, peace processes, and the politics of divided societies. Recently published books include:  Birrell, Derek and Gormley-Heenan, Cathy (2015) Multi-Level Governance and Northern Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke. 264 pp.

We will:

  • Look to STEM industry sectors in terms of gender
  • Identify key sectors
  • Explore the ‘Leaky STEM Pipeline’ in terms of gender and environment.
  • Map current and planned interventions and support programmes including careers advice
  • Examine salary & leadership opportunities
  • Look at available Government support

What is the “leaky STEM pipeline”?


STEM news

Steve Orr named as new Catalyst Inc CEO

September 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Steve Orr named as new Catalyst Inc CEO

Catalyst Inc announces today that entrepreneur and current Director of Connect, Steve Orr, has been appointed as CEO of Catalyst Inc, replacing our Deputy Chair Dr Norman Apsley OBE, who has held the position for [...]

Armagh Planetarium Rocket Challenge lifts off

August 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Armagh Planetarium took part in Engineering Open House Day on Friday 3rd August with their very own Rocket Launch Challenge. The Planetarium hosted families and school groups for a one day special workshop demonstrating Isaac [...]

Research publications

Below is a selection of the reports used to research this project. If you would like to see all STEM related reports, please visit the library.


Understanding Artificial Intelligence Jobs and Skills Needs2018-10-05T13:07:10+00:00
Automation NI – The Future of Work2018-10-05T11:59:23+00:00
The Future of Jobs 20182018-09-20T09:32:46+00:00
The Skills System in Northern Ireland2018-08-15T17:24:45+00:00
The 2018 Women in Stem Report2018-09-22T16:04:34+00:00
After the reboot: computing education in UK schools2017-11-10T12:08:30+00:00
Getting Skills Right: Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill Needs2017-11-10T11:27:53+00:00
Solved! Making the case for collaborative problem-solving2017-03-08T11:30:21+00:00

Get in touch

For more  information please contact the Project Manager, Dr. Kathryn McKenna on 02890529473 or kathryn.mckenna@economy-ni.gov.uk