TEV Project looks to get more females into STEM careers

TEV Project looks to get more females into STEM careers


Scottish electric road organisation the TEV Project is calling on female university students looking for a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) to apply for the chance to meet some of the top women in the field for an inspiring talk.

Announced on International Women’s Day, Caroline Jones Carrick, director of the TEV Project, will give one student access to the Inspiring Women conference on Wednesday 17th March, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The TEV Project is a not-for-profit organisation that is calling those in private, public and education sectors to help bring about a new highway in the next 10-20 years. This would see electric cars run on single lane ‘tracks’ – though no rails are involved – that can recharge cars as they travel along autonomously at high speed and in close convoy.

Caroline will be part of a panel of including Yvonne Brennan, group marketing manager Redefine BDL Hotels and Polly Purvis, Chief Executive of ScotlandIS. As three leaders in their fields, the panel will share experiences and offer advice as to how to attract females to achieve successful careers in STEM industries.

Former F1 test driver Susie Wolffe, global toy design engineer Mamta Singhal, and Emma McGuigan, MD for Technology at Accenture UK and Ireland, will all also be speaking at the conference.

Caroline wants to give one female university student looking for inspiration in the STEM industries, the opportunity to meet some of the women at the conference, hear what they have to say about their careers and get first hand advice and inspiration to kick-start their careers.

According to research carried out by Nuclear Operations, at EDF Energy, one third of schoolgirls in Scotland think they are “not clever” enough and careers in STEM are more suited to boys. However, the research estimates that by 2020, the economy in Scotland will need an extra 2,000 university graduates with a STEM background to fill upcoming roles.

To gain a place at this prestigious event, entrants must explain in no more than 250 words who inspires them and why. One winner will be chosen from the entries.

Caroline said: “At TEV Project we are thrilled to be sponsoring a student to attend this fantastic, female-friendly conference where topics such as technology careers and disruptive business will be explored. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about a career in STEM to give them an opportunity to meet some of the most inspirational females in these industries in Scotland today. This conference supports is the perfect environment to do this, and hopefully inspire somebody headed for a positive future in STEM.”

For any female university students interested in applying, entries should be sent to info@tevproject.com with the heading “Stem Opportunity”. Entrants must be 18 years old or over, currently attend university or college, and make their own travel arrangements to and from the conference in Edinburgh. Further terms and conditions are available from the TEV Project and the winner will be notified via Twitter on Monday 14th March.