The UK's future economic success and growth depends on us
building a world-leading knowledge-intensive economy underpinned by an
exceptional STEM workforce. However, not all parts of society are currently
equally engaged or represented in UK science and engineering. This needs to
We want to ensure girls, and young people from every
background have fair and open access to these hugely exciting and rewarding
STEM careers. We also want to ensure all parts of our society feel sufficiently
confident to contribute to science and society discussions and that science is
celebrated as a vital part of UK culture.
Science engagement organisations within the ASDC network in
all parts of the UK run a large number of science programmes working directly
with under-represented groups on a large scale. For this reason the Department
for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) commissioned ASDC to write a report
with a series of case studies to share knowledge and best practice of the STEM
programmes and activities that are already successfully reaching these groups
everyday across the UK.
This report covers interventions addressing three specific
groups of society who are under-represented in STEM; school children and
families from socio-economically disadvantaged areas, school children and
families from a range of ethnic backgrounds, and women and girls in physics and
engineering. For each we have sought a series of case studies showcasing what
works, and what is successful in attracting people to participate in science.
Engaging wider audiences is not only needed as a matter of societal equity, but
for our future well-being and economic growth.