Studying maths to smash the glass ceiling

22 April 2021

Time: 14:00

Presenter: Gaynor Bahan

Audience: Year 9 up and teachers, and all interested in mathematics education

Gaynor Bahan is President of the Liverpool Mathematical Society and Regional Lead (Lancashire and West Yorkshire) of the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics).

The number of girls choosing to study maths beyond GCSE is increasing but is still disproportionately low. Women are currently underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) occupations and the term ‘glass ceiling’ is used to refer to an invisible barrier to success that some have encountered in their careers.

This lecture will explore some of these challenges and consider the potential benefits of studying maths for both boys and girls. What are the different options after GCSE and what are the career opportunities? And there will of course be the opportunity to do some maths!