Women in STEM

Women in STEM 2017-08-09T16:07:04+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

Launch of NI Science Festival 2018

January 15th, 2018|0 Comments

The programme for the ever popular NI Science Festival has been launched, with MATRIX one of the main sponsors. The festival is now in its fourth year, and this year's programme will have 180 events [...]

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.


After the reboot: computing education in UK schools 2017-11-10T12:08:30+00:00
Getting Skills Right: Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill Needs 2017-11-10T11:27:53+00:00
Solved! Making the case for collaborative problem-solving 2017-03-08T11:30:21+00:00
Employer Ownership of Skills 2016-11-02T09:49:13+00:00
Northern Ireland Skills Barometer – “Skills in Demand” 2016-11-02T09:49:13+00:00
Inspiring Growth 2016-11-02T09:49:14+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