22 November 2012

10.00am – 3.30pm

The Open University in London

1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP

This event is free to attend!

To book, please email your name, organisation, contact details, dietary preferences and any other requirements to cicp-wp-research-seminars@open.ac.uk.

The growing interest in employability presents a new opportunity to look at an old problem ie how to support women into STEM employment. We know that women graduating in STEM subjects are less likely to go on to further study or employment in these sectors and more likely to leave the sector and work elsewhere. Moreover among those who do gain employment in these sectors, many leave after a career break and find it difficult to return. Pedagogic approaches to enhance employability have tended to focus on skills acquisition within the higher education curriculum and extended provision of workplace and work-based learning opportunities for graduates. However, these approaches tend to take a flat playing field approach to both skills development and issues within the work environment, ignoring gender specific issues such as those in STEM. The seminar will enable reflection and discussion on current practice as well as theoretical concepts that could help shape more effective interventions in this area and offer new ways to embed gender into STEM employability policy and practice.


10.00 – 10.30
Registration and Coffee
10.30 – 10.45
Welcome and introductions

Clem Herman and Ann Pegg

10.45 – 11.30
Keynote speakers

Joanne Duberley and Laurie Cohen

Using career capital theory to reflect on STEM employability

11.45 – 12.45
12.45 – 14.00
Lunch and networking
14.00 – 15.00
Workshop discussions
  • Supporting women students into STEM
  • Embedding gender into the employability agenda
  • Conceptualising employability from a gender perspective
15.00 – 15.30
Plenary – recommendations for action
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