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HEA Females in STEM March 2022

  • 30 March 2022

Females in STEM info-byte

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has just published (March 2022) an Info-Byte on “Females in STEM”. The purpose of these Info-Bytes is to provide a short / 5-minute read on a specific area of interest.

Some key findings:

  • Only 1 in 3 studying STEM subjects at third level identify as female
  • This gender gap is observed even prior to third level, at Leaving Certificate / secondary school
  • Certain fields within STEM have better female participation, such as Biology and Chemistry-related courses
  • Female participation in STEM has improved over the past 7 years, though much more needs to be done
  • In terms of employment outcomes for Masters Taught graduates, 1 in 4 male STEM graduates have “Engineer” in their job title versus 16% of female STEM graduates

Explore the info-byte.