Girlguides set for LJMU Science & Engineering Day



Hundreds of young girls are set for an inspiring day of Science and Engineering at LJMU this Saturday, March 7.

Girlguiding Merseyside which represents some 3,000 girls and young women countywide, marks British Science Week (6-15 March) and International Women's Day (March 8) this year with the action packed event.

“This year we wanted to partner LJMU, after it honoured us as its Corporate Fellow in December so this event was perfect,” explained Cheryl Gregson, County Commissioner.

“It’s fabulous that LJMU is not only accommodating us but that its’ scientists and engineers are helping to engage the girls in some exciting and inspiring demonstrations and talks.”

Females in minority

Along with volunteers from Girlguiding Merseyside, both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Technology are contributing time and resources to the event on March 7, which is expected to attract over 400 members.

BBC favourite Roger Phillips will be among the VIP guests at the event.

Females currently make up just a quarter of UK graduates in science and engineering (STEM) subjects, and just 15% of those leaving university with engineering and technology degrees.

Dr Laura Randle from the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science and Caroline Arnold, Admissions and Information Officer (FET) are coordinating the event with backing from the two Heads of Operations, Aly Leigh and Sara Rioux.

Relationship

Laura, herself a Girlguiding leader, said: “It’s a real pleasure to build on our relationship with Cheryl and Sarah from Girlguiding Merseyside and to spread the word about our offering in science and engineering.

“The important thing is to give the girls a fun and stimulating experience and to inspire them to take a greater interest in science whether in their lives or careers.”

Girlguiding Mersysides vision is to ‘Celebrate Girls and Inspire Futures’ so fits in with our view well.

All attendees will receive a Girlguiding Merseyside LJMU Science and Engineering badge.

The day will run from approx. 10-4pm at James Parsons Building, City Centre Campus Volunteers to run stations and registration are welcomed; please contact Dr Randle l.e.randle@ljmu.ac.uk

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