The 2018 State of Engineering Report found that only 12% of the engineering workforce is female. Additionally, only 7.8% of UK Engineers are from a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic background.

Charlotte Ajomale-Evans is Chair of the Swansea University BAME Students in Engineering Network. While still at secondary school, Charlotte spoke at a government-led headteachers conference about the gender pay gap, and now chairs the BAME Students in Engineering Network at Swansea University. The network aims to educate, create change, and empower individuals to become anti-racist.

In this session, from the Women in STEM Conference of 2021, Charlotte shared statistics on BAME and female prospects in higher education. They also shared how the BAME Students in Engineering Network at Swansea University challenges racism within the university.

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According to the 2018 State of Engineering Report, only 15% of engineering employers make efforts to attract and retain women in engineering and technical roles. Charlotte Ajomale-Evans from Swansea University BAME Students in Engineering Network shares insights into the challenges BAME students face when studying STEM subjects in Higher Education.

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