Addressing the STEM skills gap - progression to university, employer engagement and postgraduate training

Wednesday, 25th February 2015
Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET
This event is CPD certified

Professor John Perkins

Professor John Perkins

Professor Sa'ad Medhat

Professor Sa'ad Medhat

Guests of Honour: Professor John Perkins, former Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Professor Sa'ad Medhat, Chief Executive, NEF: The Innovation Institute

Timed to follow the recent publication of the Perkins Review Progress Report, delegates at this conference will assess progress made by the sector to close the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills gap by encouraging more young people to study these subjects and take up careers in related industries.

The conference also coincides with the Government's Your Life campaign, announced by the Chancellor in May 2014, which aims to increase the number of young people, particularly women, studying STEM subjects by 50% over the next three years.

Sessions will examine progress made since the original Perkins Review and consider the remaining challenges for Government, education providers, industry and others. Further discussion will include ways in which education providers can work with industry and learned societies to encourage growth in STEM admissions and recruitment, including improved careers guidance, more work placements and greater industry-university links in developing undergraduate and postgraduate course content.

Those expected to attend include key policymakers and government officials, alongside senior representatives from schools, colleges and universities, as well as research councils, learned societies, charities, businesses and sector bodies from R&D-intensive industries and other interested parties.

We are delighted that Professor John Perkins, former Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Professor Sa'ad Medhat, Chief Executive, NEF: The Innovation Institute and Shahneila Saeed, Programme Director, Digital Schoolhouse and Board Member, Computing At School have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Jo Cox, Head of Science and Senior Leader, STEM, Redmoor Academy, Leicestershire; Gemma Garrett, Higher Education Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry; Professor Simon Hodgson, President, Engineering Professors' Council and Dean, School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University; Professor Jackie Hunter, Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); Dr Debra Malpass, Head of Standards & Research Technical & Vocational Qualifications, AQA; Professor Colin Please, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Co-Director of the EPSRC CDT in Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling, University of Oxford; David Porter, Young Scientist Centre Manager, Royal Institution and Dr Tom Wilks, Midlands Regional Director, The Brilliant Club has also agreed to speak.

Sir Peter Luff MP, former Chair, House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee has kindly agreed to chair a session at this seminar.