Girls in Maths, Enrichment for Year 10 and 11 Students

On Wednesday 10 January 2018, over 150 students and their teachers from 10 schools visited Keele for our second “Girls in Maths” outreach and enrichment event, held in the Alan Gemmell lecture theatre, in the Huxley Building. The day was focused on encouraging girls towards Maths beyond GCSE and into STEM careers, but of course boys were equally welcomed.

The day began with a full showing of the wonderful film “Hidden Figures”, the incredible story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, brilliant African-American women working at NASA as part of the programme that launched astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

In the afternoon, Karys Saunders (Graduate Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover) who studied Aerospace Engineering talked about her studies, career and the importance of mathematics. Then Sergeant Jennie Anstey and Corporal Sarah Proffitt, from the Armed Forces Careers Office (Royal Air Force), talked about the careers and opportunities and educational routes available in the RAF, and the importance of mathematics qualifications in those careers. Iram Hussain introduced and explained the Post-16 Core Maths qualifications and the options available beyond GCSE studies.

‌Hopefully many of the students present were inspired and encouraged to continue their studies of Mathematics beyond GCSE and to pursue STEM careers.

Organised by Richard Stakes (Teaching Fellow, Computing and Maths and FMSP Area Coordinator), Alice Fitzgerald (FMSP Assistant Area Coordinator) and Jill Machin (Level 3 Lead, North-Mids & Peaks Maths Hub), the day was funded jointly by the North-Mids and Peaks Maths Hub and the Further Maths Support Programme and supported by Keele University.

Athena Swan