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.

Did you know…?

In 1999, 11,943 boys and 11,104 girls were born in Northern Ireland.

In 2014/15, 87.6%* of the girls (9,647) took STEM GCSEs, compared to 91%* (10,873) of the boys.

But when it came to Core STEM A levels or FE vocational exams in 2016/17, only 30.7%* (3,376) of girls took one. That compares starkly to the 85%* (10,221) of boys who did so.

So the decline in girls participating in Core STEM between GCSE & A Level/FE is anticipated to be 65%, compared to a 6% drop off for boys.

The gender imbalance in Core STEM participants can never recover from this catastrophic decline, so to understand the imbalance we must understand what puts girls off Core STEM at GCSE/A level/FE.

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STEM news

UK Government launches Innovation Strategy, AI guide & procurement framework

June 12th, 2019|Comments Off on UK Government launches Innovation Strategy, AI guide & procurement framework

The UK Government has published its Innovation Strategy for using new technologies in public services, with an emphasis on building skills, providing the environment for experimentation and better harnessing data. The Government Technology and Innovation [...]

ESB Science Blast lifts off in Belfast

June 12th, 2019|Comments Off on ESB Science Blast lifts off in Belfast

Last week saw 60 schools from across Northern Ireland and over 2,000 Key Stage 2 students present their 2019 science projects over 2 days at the ICC, Belfast. The ESB Science Blast is a non-competitive [...]

Matrix Chair Dr Rob Grundy on how the new panel will help support NI science and tech sectors

April 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Matrix Chair Dr Rob Grundy on how the new panel will help support NI science and tech sectors

Dr. Rob Grundy was recently appointed as MATRIX Chair, following the retirement of Dr. Rob Hardeman. Dr Grundy is the founder of Anglezarke Life Sciences. He was previously CEO of CIGA Healthcare Ltd and Director [...]

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.


The Four Futures of Work2019-03-26T12:47:30+01:00
Data science, artificial intelligence and the futures of work2018-12-12T11:51:27+01:00
The Future of Jobs 20182018-09-20T09:32:46+01:00
The Skills System in Northern Ireland2018-08-15T17:24:45+01:00
The 2018 Women in Stem Report2018-09-22T16:04:34+01:00
After the reboot: computing education in UK schools2017-11-10T12:08:30+01:00
Getting Skills Right: Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill Needs2017-11-10T11:27:53+01:00
Solved! Making the case for collaborative problem-solving2017-03-08T11:30:21+01:00

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