IOP comments on Scottish government programme

12 September 2017

The IOP has responded to the Scottish government’s programme.

St Andrew's House


Alison McLure, national officer for Scotland, said: “The Institute of Physics welcomes the strong focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and STEM skills in the Scottish Programme for Government 2017–18. STEM is central to the Scottish economy, with physics-based businesses alone contributing £15bn in Gross Value Added and supporting the jobs of more than half a million people.

“But there remain critical skills shortages in many STEM-based sectors, and groups that are significantly underrepresented at all levels of STEM education, training and employment.

“One of the central goals of the IOP is to address the problem of underrepresented groups in physics and STEM.  As part of this work, we operate the Improving Gender Balance (IGB) project in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and Education Scotland. The project works to establish school interventions, such as long term mentoring, that challenge gender stereotypes in STEM subject areas.

“We welcome commitment in the Programme to embed the results of the IGB project and look forward to working with the government to take this forward.”

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