This session reports on the outcomes of a study to understand the motivations aspirations and experiences of mature female Engineering students at The Open University (OU). These women are often well-qualified in non-STEM disciplines and we will discuss whether the ‘leaky pipeline’ as a metaphor for retention and progression in STEM applies to them. We suggest that it is time to stop expecting women to change to fit traditional models of Engineering teaching and offer ways that the curriculum could be changed to increase engagement and success for all Engineering students.
STEM conference 2019: No more leaky pipelines: Is it time for a new metaphor for women in Engineering?
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