There is no limit to what you can achieve and Wirral Met College will support any students to get to where they choose to be.
With the impending opening of the brand new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre facilities at Wirral Met’s Twelve Quays Campus, it is a good opportunity to encourage everyone to consider a career in the vast array of industries that STEM provides.
Despite many STEM areas sometimes being seen as ‘traditionally male’, an increasing number of women are restoring balance to the scales as they choose to take up STEM qualifications, pursue STEM careers and support other women working for STEM success. Role models, inspirational stories and support networks are the key to supporting the next generation of young women to consider STEM careers.
Wirral Met alumni member, Zoë Chapman, is actively involved in the campaign to encourage women into the STEM industries. Zoë studied Access to Higher Education (HE) in Medical Science at Wirral Met College, where she was awarded 'Student of the Year'. She then progressed onto the University of Liverpool to study Biochemistry. Her dedication and work towards encouraging women in STEM is inspirational. Whilst at university, Zoë was an active participator in science public engagement and outreach activities, a STEM Ambassador with MerseySTEM, lead for ‘ScienceGrrl’ in Liverpool and a member of ‘The Society of Biology’.
Zoë now works as a project manager at MerseySTEM where her inspirational work continues. Her role actively supports schools across the Liverpool City Region and Cheshire to deliver the national STEMNET programme as well as delivering training to STEM ambassadors in order to support the work they do with young people and help them encourage more young women into STEM pathways.
Zoë's advice for anyone trying to further a STEM career is to “Do what makes you happy! If you want to progress onto a career in STEM, ignore any negativity from people – especially if they’re telling you can’t do it because you’re a woman!” Zoë plans to carry on championing women in STEM and doing as much as possible for the cause.
Wirral Met College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths centre plans to open in May 2016, applications for courses starting September 2016 are open. Any prospective students and their parent interested in looking around the new STEM centre can call the marketing team on 0151 551 7777.