IOP receives prestigious award for its work on improving gender balance

14 November 2017

The Institute has won a Talent Award from Women into Science and Engineering (WISE) for its work on improving gender balance in education, led by the IOP’s Jessica Rowson, who was presented with the award on behalf of her team by Princess Anne at a ceremony on 9 November.

IOP receives prestigious award for its work on improving gender balance

Commenting on the award winners, WISE said: ”The Institute of Physics was honoured with the WISE Talent Award for their guidance on tackling gender stereotypes in schools, which pilot schools have used to more than treble the number of girls taking AS-level physics over two years.”

Jessica, who is the IOP’s improving gender balance manager pre-19, said that the judges had been impressed with the research that the Institute had done and the evidence base it had produced for both the Improving Gender Balance (IGB) project and its pilot project in six schools funded by the Drayson Foundation, as well as its plans to disseminate the findings.

She said: “It’s fabulous to see work recognised in this manner. We hope that this will raise the profile of what we have achieved and give confidence to people working in education in the whole-school approach to improving gender balance.”

• The IGB team have also just launched their next project. They have a new offering for secondary schools in England, including a two-day training course for gender champions to lead their schools on gender equality, funding for whole-school staff training and funding for networking events.

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