DTI cash for women in science

The UK Resource Centre for Women in science, engineering and technology (SET) has received a £2.8m boost from the DTI.

The centre, designed to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in SET careers, will receive an additional £800,000 in 2006-07 and a further £2m in 2007-08 from the science budget allocations that were announced recently.

Patricia Hewitt, secretary of state for trade and industry, said: “The UK science base is world class and record levels of funding show our commitment to sustaining this. But to stay at the forefront we need to harness all of our potential.

“We cannot afford to ignore the massive contribution that women make to our economy. The resource centre plays a vital role in encouraging and supporting women in science and engineering careers.”

Areas that will receive funding include:

  • a national grant scheme for minority women in SET

  • setting up a satellite centre in Northern Ireland and hubs in other regions

  • national network, mentoring and development scheme, ‘Entrepreneurship for women in SET

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