New Windsor Fellowship Programme to Increase Representation of Black Students Studying STEMM Subjects
CAN Mezzanine customer, Windsor Fellowship, based at Old Street, have launched its newest programme, Destination STEMM, in partnership with the Royal Society in order to address the low representation of black students studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).
Windsor Fellowship is a charity which offers personal development and leadership programmes to young people throughout the UK, enabling talent from diverse communities to be realised. Destination STEMM is a one-year mentoring programme to support black students in Year 13 who are studying A-Level or equivalent in a STEMM subject and are considering a career in a STEMM related field. During the year, mentors from the prestigious scientific academy, the Royal Society, will provide successful applicants with on-going mentoring, skills development, networking opportunities and access to Royal Society events.
The Programme is targeted at the students from Black backgrounds due to historic under-representation of Black communities in STEMM careers and subject areas. The Programme seeks to support and nurture a talent pipeline and to encourage continued engagement in STEMM.
CAN are involved too as there meeting rooms at Old Street will be used to host all recruitment stages of Destination STEMM, including the Assessment Development Centre at the end of July for candidates that pass the online application stage.
Programmes Manager, Roda Aden said, “STEMM are vital subjects that affect our everyday lives. Professionals employed in STEMM areas are in charge of solving the complex problems of today’s world and its future. They are working to find solutions for global warming, cancer, third world hunger, disappearing habitats, and an interdependent world economy. While efforts are being made to increase diversity in STEMM degree programmes and careers, statistics show that there is a very low representation of black students in all STEMM occupations. This programme will help to build a future talent pipeline and increase the social capital of the students.”
Destination STEMM will commence from autumn 2016.