Morning, Thursday, 15th November 2018
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This timely seminar will focus on the next steps for policy in improving uptake of STEM at university, ensuring the quality and relevance of STEM degrees and increasing the rate of graduate progression into industry.
It will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders in industry, higher education and more widely.
The discussion will centre on the latest thinking on strategies for tackling the current shortage of STEM skills in the UK, in light of the heightened focus by policymakers on the issue and the additional investment of £406m in maths, digital and technical education set out in the Industrial Strategy White Paper. The seminar also follows the announcement of a £900 million UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme which will fund 550 new fellowships and is open to businesses as well as universities
Delegates will also consider how to adopt a cohesive, cross-sectoral approach to develop sufficient supply in the STEM sector workforce, following the recommendations of the National Audit Office report ‘Delivering STEM skills for the economy’.
Key areas for discussion include:
- STEM subjects and industry - ensuring that STEM provision in HE is meeting the needs of STEM industries and of the wider UK economy;
- Curriculum design - promoting interdisciplinarity and keeping degrees up to date with latest innovations in research and industry;
- Funding and facilities - improving resources for teaching and research, developing world-class facilities and ensuring financial support;
- - inclusivity in STEM and attracting more women, BAME students and people from disadvantaged backgrounds;
- Addressing skills mismatches - developing pathways to increase uptake in undersupplied and imbalanced areas, such as mathematics and engineering;
- Progression to doctoral study - encouraging undergraduate and master students to continue their studies to doctoral level; and
- Graduate employability - strategies for improving the pipeline from STEM degrees to STEM careers and supporting successful progression.