Women In Maths

Thursday 30th June 2022

Our next Women In Maths enrichment day for Year 10 students is finally going ahead on Monday 11 July 2022, at Keele University.

Our Women In Maths enrichment day gives Year 10 students the opportunity to hear from women who have developed successful careers using the mathematical skills that they gained through their A level and degree studies. Two women who have given fantastic presentations in the past are Katie Stocking and Rachael Davies, who are both graduates from Keele University.

Katie Stocking is a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Doctoral Fellowship Medical Statistician at the University of Manchester, who has also worked as a Medical Statistician/Honorary Research Assistant within the NHS. Katie received a BSc in Mathematics from Keele University and an MSc in Medical Statistics from the University of Leicester. Her research areas span women’s health, subfertility, cancer, diabetes, respiratory health, and much more.

Rachael Davies graduated from Keele University in 2013 and joined International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) on their Graduate Scheme. As part of the scheme, she experienced lots of roles however has since become more specialised in the Public Sector industry. Since leaving the Graduate Scheme, Rachael now works as a Project Manager on Home Office and Policing projects for IBM Consulting.

This popular event is already fully booked and there are schools on the waiting list. If you're interested in this event and you're bringing a group of students to Keele in the 2022/23 academic year, please contact your local Area Coordinator as we'd love to arrange another similar event.

Our early Girls In Maths days at Keele University were inspired by the film Hidden Figures, which tells the story of three women – Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan – who worked at the NASA Langley Research Centre in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They made major contributions to the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the moon.

Katherine Johnson was one of the first three black women to attend West Virginia University. She was responsible for calculating the trajectory for Project Mercury and the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. She encouraged girls to pursue careers in STEM and often gave talks on the subject. She said, “Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing.

By Richard Stakes

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