New UK scheme to help mums return to science

September 17, 2002

Brussels, 16 Sep 2002

The UK is to encourage mothers to return to their scientific careers with a new training scheme.

The UK's Trade and Industry Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, announced at the British Association's science festival that Coventry University will train and help women with degrees in science, engineering and technology to re-enter their chosen field after leaving to have children.

'Women have a vital role to play across the sciences in the UK and we need to reverse the trend of mothers not returning to jobs in their chosen academic field,' said Ms Hewitt. 'With women making up almost half the workforce, professional equality is not just a worthy principle anymore, it is a matter of economic necessity,' she added.

It is estimated that around 50,000 female graduates in science, engineering and technology are not working at any one time, and of those that do return to work, only 8,000 will get a job in a field that makes use of their university education.

Ms Hewitt also announced new prize intended to raise the profile of women studying science and technology. The 30,000 GBP (around 48,000 euro) Rosalind Franklin award will be awarded for scientific innovation. The prize money should be used for activities such as establishing a women's mentoring scheme, writing a book to inspire women in science, engineering and technology, organising a lecture tour where women scientists promote themselves as a role models or writing articles raising the profile of women in these fields.

'I hope that this competition will inspire and encourage other women to pursue fulfilling careers in scientific research and development,' said Ms Hewitt.

For further information, please consult the following web address:

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2001

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns