Almost half co-ed maintained schools in the UK do not send even one girl to study A-Level physics. And yet women have successful careers in the sector. What can be done to redress the balance? Louise Kittle spoke to women working in materials science and engineering about the issues facing the industry.
"Once I got to university it turned out I was rubbish at maths and the only part of the engineering course I actually enjoyed was the Materials Properties module. At the end of my first year, my university tutors allowed me to switch to the materials science & metallurgy degree course and I haven’t looked back since"
"There are many career options, for example engineering management (product, process, operations), project management, self-employment (as an engineering consultant or contractor) or something completely different"