Using more minds to make discoveries in STEM
We’re all waiting for breakthroughs in cleaner energy and medicine. Yet the shortage of experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) threatens progress. Only 13% of STEM professionals are women, wasting potential and fuelling the skills shortage. Many women capable of becoming tomorrow’s innovators cannot spend time (or money) in education, away from their jobs and families.
The Open University’s STEM courses allow everyone to study at home, at their own pace, using advanced technology. Our innovative OpenScience Laboratory gives students remote access to instruments, such as telescopes and microscopes, from anywhere with an internet connection, so they gain the skills to succeed. Yet, for more women to actually enter STEM courses, even more new thinking is needed.
Financial hurdles are still too great for too many. With your support, we will create new scholarships specifically for talented women, empowering them to become STEM experts. The more brains we have ready to deliver the breakthroughs the world needs, the quicker they will happen.