Although year on year the number of women entering STEM occupations has seen a steady increase, there are still not enough women in this sector. For example, according to the WISE campaign, although there has been a growth in the IT Professional sector, the percentage of women in these roles has decreased, from 17% to 16% in 2018.
Other figures from WISE show that in computer science, the growth in the number of female graduates is well behind the growth in the number of male graduates (3.1% vs 9% respectively – 2017 figures). In 2017, women represented just 15% of computing graduates, down from 16% the previous year.
This picture of under-representation is further borne out by figures from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency). For 2017, these show that there were 83,710 male computer science students, compared to 17,390 women in the UK.
In view of this under-representation, the University of London, through its distance and flexible learning delivery is pleased to announce its J&J Scholarship for one woman in the United Kingdom to study one of the University’s new fully online BSc Computer Science programmes, offered through the Coursera platform, with academic direction from Goldsmiths, University of London.
The scholarship is worth £10,200 towards programme fees. The successful applicant will be a UK based woman, and should be able to demonstrate academic excellence and financial hardship.