The Tyneside STEM Scholars Programme launched in January 2016.
As the name suggests, the Programme, funded by the Reece Foundation, focuses on science, technology, engineering and maths. The Royal Academy of Engineering have suggested that by 2020 the UK will require 830,000 professionals working in these fields - well above what can be met based on current graduates in the country. The report also identified below average take-up of STEM degrees by young people from less advantaged backgrounds.
Figures show that the North East has the lowest progression of young people into university overall - at 29.4% compared to the median of 37% (POLAR4)
. In many areas of Newcastle, this drops to 15% or even lower.
In September 2018, 71% of our Tyneside STEM Scholars went to university.
We work with eight schools in the area:
The Programme Manager is Jack Healey.
- Benfield School, Newcastle
- George Stephenson High School, Tyneside
- Longbenton High School, Tyneside
- North Gosforth Academy, Tyneside
- Walker Technology College, Newcastle
- Excelsior Academy, Newcastle
- Burnside BEC, Newcastle
- Churchill College, Wallsend