Lincoln UTC creating female scientists of the future

Lincoln UTC are celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science today by encouraging more girls to study science and pursue a future career in the STEM industry.

Data published in 2019 by the Department of Education highlighted that school girls in England are substantially less likely to consider taking STEM subjects at A Level in comparison to boys. Despite this both genders named STEM subjects as leading to the highest paid jobs.

Lincoln UTC plays a fundamental role in encouraging girls in the local area to challenge this stereotype by providing the opportunity to study a specialist curriculum based around science, technology, engineering and maths.

In 2019 there was a 50% increase in the number of girls that joined the UTC to study as part of their Ofsted ‘outstanding’ sixth form. Overall 31% of the current student population is female. This figure has been rising year on year and the UTC are predicted to accept their largest intake of girls yet in September 2020.

Lincoln UTC – Picture: Chris Vaughan

Kirsty Hickling, Head of Science at Lincoln UTC, believes that science is a subject every student should enjoy, therefore all students are taught ‘triple’ science in mixed ability groups.

She said: “Lincoln UTC is successful because it fosters the interests of its students. The specialist focus on science allows us to spend more time with the students and therefore the quality of teaching results in a deeper understanding.”

“Seeing them learn and grow into successful careers in the STEM industry clearly shows that the programme works.”

UTC student Alice Aliwell, said: “I decided to move to Lincoln UTC because it gave me the opportunity to study science in depth, which is important because in future I’d like to train to become a Veterinary Nurse.

The UTC environment is completely inclusive and that’s why I love studying here. I think that the college plays a really important role in encouraging girls in the local area to study STEM based subjects. In future I hope that it will become more typical for girls to pursue careers in science.”