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A Bright Future for Women in STEM: WICK - was held on 13th November

A Bright Future for Women in STEM: WICK - was held on 13th November We welcomed people from a variety of professional and educational organisations including Golspie, Thurso and Wick High Schools to the event.  

82 people including 52 pupils, 4 Teachers, 3 University Students, 5 STEM North of Scotland Ambassadors, 3 Speakers, 8 Partners (University of Highlands and Islands, SRC Napier University, North Highland College- UHI, Dounreay, Global Highland, Environmental Research Institute, Institute of Physics, Highlife Highland) and 5 WEA Staff.  We received formal feedback from 55 of the participants and one school is developing their own press article which will be incorporated in our own Event Report which will be produced in the next few weeks.

In September 2012 there was the first ever Scottish Women's Employment Summit where evidence highlighted women are under represented in employment areas that require education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

We were encouraged to hold an event in Wick after our STEM conference in Inverness during March received a very good response.  The aim was, with the support of partners, to focus on providing a variety of strong role models and information for women to access STEM education and employment.  

We were delighted to have STEM North of Scotland Ambassadors, three workshops and three inspirational speakers at the Wick Event.

Dyan Foss, Deputy Managing Director, Dounreay

Dyan has over 23 years of clean-up experience in the hazardous waste and nuclear clean-up business. She is a geologist by training with international and domestic experience specialising in programme management, safe and effective project delivery, and people oriented solutions. In her previous role, Dyan managed the largest and most complex soil and groundwater remediation project in the United States. Prior to this, she worked at the Sellafield Site as the Head of End State and Demolition Delivery and several nuclear and non-nuclear sites across the Western United States.  

Dyan studied at Texas A&M University in College State, Texas, and the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.  

Alison McLure,
National Officer (Scotland) Institute of Physics  Following graduating in physics from the University of Aberdeen, she went on to work for the Meteorological Office for ten years. Her variety of jobs included researching and developing instruments for the tops of mountains and forecasting the weather for the RAF, the BBC and British Antarctic Survey. Her next job was to manage a yacht marina in the West Coast of Scotland, before returning to the city to join the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department. She was seconded to the Scottish Leadership Foundation as their People Exchange Manager, before applying for her current post in the Institute of Physics. She has a postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education and is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.    

Dr Elizabeth Masden, Environmental Research Institute 
With a wide range of fieldwork and research experience, Elizabeth will recount her career as an environmental researcher (from Australia to Thurso), outlining what she loves about her current work and provide some tips for those considering a career in environmental science.    

s by:-

  • STEM North of Scotland  - Ambassadors and Experiments
  • Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology - Does Gender Matter in SET (Science, Engineering and Technology)?
  • Environmental Research Institute - Environmental science -Investigating the minutiae of life!

Photographs from the day can be found at

he STEM Topic Briefing Paper written by Jennifer Boyle is updated to reflect this event.

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