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What we do

Girls enjoying an engineering workshopThe main focus of the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WiSET) team, based within the Centre for Development and Research in Education (CDARE), is to widen the participation of under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and the built environment. WiSET have developed and delivered a wide range of innovative projects, resources, schemes and activities over more than ten years based on gender and occupational segregation at all levels of education and employment.

With CDARE we work in local, regional, national and international arenas in partnership with many organisations, employers and government bodies. CDARE is recognised as one of the leading groups in the field of STEM education and careers delivery and research.

Recent work with STEM careers has enabled us to broaden our focus beyond gender to build a more inclusive approach to equality and diversity within STEM by working with other equality and diversity specialists. We have taken a holistic approach to a complex and longstanding problem - that needs to be addressed at all levels for complete success.

The numbers of girls choosing STEM and women entering and progressing in STEM in the UK is inadequate. We know that there is no silver bullet and we know that trying to produce a 'one size fits all' approach is doomed to failure. Click [here] to download an informative publication highlighting the facts and fictions surrounding these issues, produced by the ASPIRES ESRC research project led by Kings College, London

We believe that every individual can make a positive difference in making STEM more inclusive. We also believe that if all groups take action then the impact will be huge, changing the landscape and culture of STEM for the good of the whole population. The representation below of an inclusive environment for girls and women is based upon an original diagram by the European funded Let's TWIST project. The project ran from 1998-2000, was led by Annette Williams at Bradford College and Sheffield Hallam University were partners. Click [here] to download a paper about the project.

Within the WiSET website we hope you will find and make use of a number of resources and tools freely available to those who are seeking to widen access to STEM in all areas represented by this illustration. We also welcome approaches form organisations to collaborate on projects and research to achieve greater progress towards addressing the balance and making STEM more inclusive at all levels.

If you want to make a difference - we would like to work with you.