Cranfield University and Full Circle Education hosted an event at the campus this week to inspire girls aged 12 to 14 to consider non-traditional careers, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) industries.

The University welcomed 8 local schools to the campus, with around 70 girls from years 8 and 9 attending. The event provided the chance for the girls to find out more about careers in non-stereotypical jobs and diverse industries, providing them with a hands-on opportunity to learn about challenging gender stereotypes, and broaden their career aspirations. 

Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University, Sir Peter Gregson, opened the event and said: “Cranfield is delighted to support this programme which encourages girls into science subjects. The world we live in depends on technology - it underpins everything we do and every decision we make. We hope some of the things the students experience today will inspire them to consider a career in STEM.”

Activities during the day included the opportunity to interact with a range of inspiring women role models from all walks of life, hearing their personal stories of ambition and success in non-traditional roles and industries. This included females such as Squadron Leaders from the RAF, engineers from McLaren Racing and entrepreneur Sara Fernandez, Director of social enterprise Hub Ventures.

They also had the chance to speak to construction and engineering companies, such as MottMac, Carillion, and BAM Construction, Jaguar Landrover, and McLaren Racing. The girls were also able to learn more about careers in the military and emergency services, with activities from the Army, RAF, Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire Service. During the day the visitors tried their hands at bridge-building, sampling soils and learning about biochemistry, building hydroelectric models and trying out police handcuffs.

The groups also toured the University campus seeing for themselves the industry-scale facilities and meeting the research teams. Including the University Airport, a 3D soil map in the Agrifood department, the Operational Excellence Institute laboratory where they tried out virtual reality goggles and the ‘Watch it Made’ learning studio, where school-age visiting students use precision engineering to create their own time-pieces.

Nikki Giant, Director of Full Circle said: “Events like this are essential to encourage girls to think about what subjects they should study.  We want them to consider all topics to broaden the opportunities which will become available to them in the future.”


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About Full Circle

Full Circle believes in finding new way to help engage young people with education and training by removing the barriers they face to achievement, attendance and aspiration.

Many of the challenges facing children and young people today are largely preventable. We create innovative and exciting programmes to raise aspirations (especially among girls), promote equality in the classroom, combat homophobia, and much more, backed up by years of experience in the sector.


About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.