Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Subjects
HL 37, Second Report of Session 2012-13: Report
- House of Lords - Select Committee on Science and Technology
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Subjects (HL 37)' calls for immediate action to ensure enough young people study STEM subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Without this the Government risks failing to meet its objectives to drive economic growth through education and hi-tech industries as identified in its Plan for Growth.
A high level of numeracy is of increasing importance to employers, particularly in hi-tech industries. The Committee were shocked to discover that many students starting STEM degrees, even those with A-Level maths qualifications, lack the maths skills required to undertake their studies.
The Committee recommends:
maths should be compulsory for all students after post-16;
universities should toughen-up their maths requirements for entry in STEM courses;
the Government should work with stakeholders to define STEM by producing a statement of competencies and skills;
a single body should be appointed to provide real time data analysis and a commentary of where STEM shortages exist; and
recent higher education reforms should put students at the heart of the system to drive up quality.
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