Big rise in female students at UTC

Meg Munn, Sheffield Heeley MP, with UTC Sheffield Year 10 students Caitlin Mavura, Jasmine Meynell and Amina Saricicek.

Meg Munn, Sheffield Heeley MP, with UTC Sheffield Year 10 students Caitlin Mavura, Jasmine Meynell and Amina Saricicek.

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A campaign backed by a Sheffield MP to increase the number of girls taking up science, engineering and technology is gaining ground.

The University Technical College now boasts 78 female students out of a total of 440 - some 18 per cent of all learners.

It also claims 30 per cent of all 14-year-olds that joined this academic year are female.

The increase follows work with employers and women’s groups.

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn, who is also patron of the Women’s Engineering Society, visited the £10m site on Matilda Street, to meet students and tour the facilities.

She said: “All of the hard work UTC Sheffield has done to inspire girls to think about career and study opportunities in science, engineering and technology is starting to pay off. It’s quite remarkable that in just its second year 30 per cent of Year 10 students joining the UTC are girls.

“All of these are brand new pupils who have taken the daunting step of moving schools when most of them are only 14 years old. I enjoyed speaking to the young women studying engineering and was encouraged by the knowledge they had of the range of careers open to them. Their enthusiasm for the future was infectious.”

Nick Crew, principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “Our outreach work seeks to persuade girls that science, engineering and technology are not just for boys, and reflects national and regional moves to encourage a gender balance in these industries. This has been helped by the employers supporting our curriculum, explaining the value of female employees in their companies, and the WISET team workshops, supported by female ambassadors from both universities.”