There are a number of programmes designed to support and encourage girls into STEM, but there are fewer supporting BAME students … data presented earlier clearly shows that BAME students are less likely to be employed by engineering companies than their white counterparts. Therefore, more work could be done to support transition of BAME students from university into the engineering sector.
of UK domicile students
enrolled onto STEM related subjects at UK universities are black (4.8% Black African, 1.2% Black Caribbean, 0.2% Black Other)
Our professional network of BBSTEM members
aims to inspire the young Black British generation to pursue STEM subjects in university and beyond.
To show the younger generation a successful and exciting career in STEM is achievable for Black individuals.
EDUCATE & ENCOURAGE
Promote education and encouragement and support into STEM fields. Also, to educate on the importance of diversity and representation by various programmes, such as workshops, events, and mentoring.
Collaborate with other organisations who share a common goal.
Black British individuals are as likely as the dominant domicile ethnic group, to choose to study and strive for a career in STEM, and thus to widen the representation in this field.
I think it’s important that I understand “others’” experiences of pursuing careers in STEM – I am convinced that the ease of relating to “people like one’s self” is part of what perpetuates a lack of diversity so keen to break that cycle
Health Sector at Johnson MattheyJohnson Matthey Website
I would definitely like to be involved as I am currently a STEM ambassador with STEMNET. This initiative is very close to home in the sense that I never really had that mentorship, nor do I have it now.
at AECOMAECOM Website
It was lovely meeting you yesterday and you’ve really inspired me and given me a lot of hope in becoming successful in the industry I would love to get into.
Year 13 Prospective Biomedical Engineering University
BBSTEM sounds like a great initiative. As someone who was the only black person my biochemistry course, I know how important such initiatives are!
at The Health Foundation & Oxford Biochemistry AlumnaThe Health Foundation Website
This is a great initiative created here. It is for the very reason I am a STEM ambassador, as this is something I feel young black individuals have little support towards.