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									Post Event Evaluation Report

Contents

Introduction Methodology Marketing Schools Partners Guest speakers Results and analysis Discussion
Conclusion Recommendations for future events Acknowledgements References Appendix

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Introduction This years event was the biggest that LeicestHERday has hosted to date. There were 8 schools, with over 200 delegates in attendance. Building on the successes of past events (called Young Women Breaking Barriers); this year’s event was also aimed at encouraging and informing young women and girls of careers within Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology sectors. These sectors are highly male dominated with men still accounting for 99% of Modern Apprenticeships in Construction and 96% of apprenticeships in Engineering, yet 97% of child-care apprentices are women. Only 11% of engineering students in FE colleges are female and only 18% of undergraduates in higher education are female; (WISE website). Out of these, only a small minority of graduates enters industry or takes up further education. The UK is failing to train enough people in the science skills that businesses need. In 2006 SEMTA (the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) surveyed 170 bioscience companies and found that nearly one-third of them do not have the skills they need in their existing workforce and are having trouble finding new people with appropriate skills; (New Scientist Magazine). It is therefore essential that we encourage young girls (and boys) to think about taking up careers in the above fields. There is some misconception about careers in science and engineering. Girls in particular do not necessarily associate good pay and doing interesting work with engineering or construction jobs (WISE website). The need for events, such as this one, which not only informs youngsters about the vast variety of jobs available to them, but also provides the opportunity for them to interact with professionals who have ‘been there, done that’ can not be under estimated.

Photo 1: Maureen opens the event

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Methodology Marketing The cogs flyer was designed by Sarah Allen and was distributed via email to all schools and colleges within Leicestershire. Just before Christmas 2007, I contacted the Head of Science in each school then sent out a personalised email to each with the flyer attached again. Rita Morfett of the Industrial Trust advised that the Industrial Trust was sending out a large mail shot to schools with regards to National Science Week and offered to promote our event too. As a result a mail shot was sent out to over 500 schools within the Derbyshire area. The flyer was also distributed to youth organisations within Leicester, listed below:       Leicester Youth Association LREC SDSA Youth Voice City Council Youth PYCA      HYCA Ek-Awaaj – One Voice LYCP University of Leicester Loughborough University

Schools Prior to the event: 1. Contact was made with the heads of science in each school and a personalised email inviting them to the event was sent out. This was done in late December – early January. 2. All schools were then asked to pre – book their attendance by completing a ‘School Pre – Booking Form’ and return these forms via email prior to the event (appendix 1). 3. The teachers also received an ‘Individual Student Registration Form’. They were asked to bring these forms in with them on the day (appendix 2). 4. Photographic consent forms were also sent out to each school, to ensure that only those students with consent from their parents will be used in any promotional photographs (appendix 3). List of schools which attended: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Castle Donington Community College Sir Jonathan North Community College Beaumont Leys Specialist Science School Rushey Mead Secondary School Noel Baker Community School and Language Centre Woodbrook Vale High School Longslade Community College Judgemeadow Community College

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On the day: The event ran from 10.00am – 4.00pm, with a lunch break and practical lab sessions between 12.30 and 2.00pm. For a detailed programme please turn to appendix 5. On arrival each delegate was handed a delegate pack with the following items:

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Evaluation form Floor Plan Programme Information about the blog LHD flyers Conference flyers

Partners In mid – December emails were sent out to all partners requesting support and funding. The mail shot went out just before Christmas. In hind sight, this probably wasn’t the best time to send these out; they should have gone out earlier. List of stall holders 1. Aim Higher 2. Connexions Leicestershire 3. Loughborough University 4. The British Association for Science 5. Institute of Physics 6. The Year in Industry 7. Leicestershire Education Business Company 8. De Montfort University 9. Chemistry: The Next Generation 10. University of Leicester 11. Construction Skills (formerly CITB) 12. Leicestershire Constabulary 13. Leicestershire Women in Construction

Photo 2: Stall set up along the ‘career street’

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Photo 3: Stall Buzz, students visiting the various stalls.

Guest Speakers Some of our partners were unable to attend, but offered support by providing inspirational guest speakers. Most of these speakers were contacted in late January, and thus were given very short notice. List of guest speakers Special mention to Dr. Cas Becket from Leicester University for doing the welcome speech in the morning. 1. Sophie Graystone – Mathematician – Eon power station (Provided by YINI) 2. Alice Delahunty – Engineer of the year – Eon 3. Hannah Wilson – Mathematics and Management – Advantica (Provided by YINI) 4. Dr. Meghan Gray – ‘A Night in the life of an Astronomer’ - Provided by Institute of Physics. 5. Dr. Audrey Mathews – My path into Science

Photo 4: Dr. Audrey Matthews (DMU)

Photo 5: Alice Delahunty – Young Engineer of the year (EON)

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Results There were a total of 206 attendees and 163 evaluation forms were handed in at the end of the day. The results of the analysis of the evaluation forms are presented below.
Did you find the event useful?
100% 90%

Number of Responses (%)

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

75.6%

17.7% 6.7%

YES

NO

DON'T KNOW/ NO ANSWER

Figure 1: Percentage of delegates who found the event useful
Would you recommend this event to a friend?
100% 90%

Number of Responses (%)

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

70.1%

22.0% 7.9%

YES

NO

DON'T KNOW/ NO ANSWER

Figure 2: Percentage of delegates who would recommend this event to a friend
Have any of your parents been to university, higher education or taken a degree?

100%

Number of Responses (%)

90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% YES NO DON'T KNOW/ NO ANSWER

45.7% 30.5% 23.8%

Figure 3: Percentage of delegates whose parents or guardians have been to university, or higher education

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Vie ws on care e rs in SECT be fore and afte r the e v e nt

100% 90%

Number of Responses (%)

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% YES NO DON'T KNOW/ NO ANSWER

56.7% 45.7% 37.8% 25.0% 18.3% 16.5%

Had you considered a career in Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology before today? Would you consider it now?

Figure 4: Change in attitude towards careers in SECT before and after the event
Has today's e v e nt incre ase d your knowle dge of the jobs av ailable within SECT?
100% 90%

81.6%
80%

Number of Responses (%)

70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% YES NO DON'T KNOW/ NO ANSWER

7.4%

11.0%

Figure 5: Showing the impact and the increase in knowledge of careers available in Science Engineering Construction and Technology
We re you able to find he lp and adv ice ?
100% 90%

Number of Responses (%)

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

77.3%

18.4% 4.3%
YES NO DON'T KNOW/ NO ANSWER

Figure 6: Percentage of delegates who were able to find help and advice
Want Furthe r He lp and Adv ice
100% 90% 80%

Number of Responses (%)

70% 60% 50%

40.7%
40% 30% 20% 10% 0% YES NO

33.3% 27.2%

37.0% 25.9%

35.8%

DON'T KNOW/ NO ANSWER

Would you like further advice and support about a career in SECT? If yes, would you like us to forward your details to a connexions career advisor?

Figure 7: Showing those who would like further help and their details being passed onto a connexions advisor

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Are the re barrie rs that would still stop you from achie v ing your ide al care e r?
100% 90% 80%

Number of Responses (%)

70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% YES NO DON'T KNOW/ NO ANSWER

52.1% 38.7%

9.2%

Figure 8: Percentage of delegates who feel that they may encounter barriers to a career in SECT
Barriers to pursuing careers in SECT
100% 90%

Number of responses (%)

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Finance Grades C ompetition for C ourses Other

43.5% 26.1% 13.0% 17.4%

Figure 9: Potential barriers to pursuing careers in SECT
What did you most enjoy about the event?
100% 90%

Number of Responses (%)

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% P racticals Stalls Talks Other/ didn't answ er the question

65.5%

14.5% 9.1%

10.9%

Figure 10: Most Enjoyed aspect of event
Improvements to Future Events
100% 90%

Number of Responses (%)

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% More Practicals More Stalls Less/Shorter Talks Other

47.6% 36.3% 27.4% 16.7% 10.3% 9.7% 25.4%26.5%

If you were to change one thing at the ev ent, what would it be and why? How could we improv future ev e ents?

Figure 11: Improvements to future events

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Which areas of SECT are you interested in working in
100% 90% 80% 70% 60%

(%)

50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Biology Forensics Medicine/Chemistry Engineering Other/Unsure

29.7% 18.6% 9.3% 9.3%

33.1%

Figure 12: Which careers in SECT the students are thinking of taking up
If not SECT, then what career are you thinking of going into?
100% 90% 80% 70% 60%

(%)

50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Arts/Performing Teaching Sports Beauty

44.9%

22.4% 10.2% 14.3% 8.2%

Other/U nsure

Figure 13: Alternative career options
Summary of Responses
100% 90% 80%

Percentage (%)

70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Que stions

Yes

No

Don't know/Didn't answer

Figure 14: Summary of responses to closed questions List of questions relating to above graph: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Did you find the event useful? Would you recommend this event to a friend? Have any of your parents been to university, higher education or taken a degree? Had you considered a career in Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology before today? Would you consider it now? Has today’s event increased your knowledge of the jobs available within SECT? Were you able to find help and advice? Are there barriers that would stop you from achieving your ideal career? Would you like further advice and support about a career in SECT? If yes, would you like us to forward your details to a connexions advisor?

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Analysis 75.6% of the students who attended found the event useful, but only 70% of them would recommend it to a friend. 45.7% of student’s parents/carers have been to university/higher education 45.7% of the students have thought about taking up a career in SECT, this number increased to 56.7% by the end of the day, and over 81% of the students said that the Opening Doors event had increased their knowledge of the jobs within Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology. Over 77% of the delegates were able to find help and advice, and 40% of these would like further help and advice, but only 27% agreed to have their details passed on to a connexions advisor. The practical laboratory sessions were by far the most popular element of the day, with over 65% of the students selecting this as the most enjoyed. Following on from this, 36% would like to see more practical sessions in future events, with the possibility of attending all three lab sessions. 47% would opt for fewer or shorter talks. Biology appears to be the most popular choice of Science that the youngsters want to get involved in, but majority of the students (44%) are unsure of what career they would like to have, whether it be in SECT or not. Most of the students (43%) know that they would need good grades in order to pursue a career in SECT, and that this could be a potential barrier for them to overcome. In addition to needing good grades, finances and competition for courses come a close second to potential barriers in following careers in SECT.

Photo 6: Students and teachers listening intently to guest speakers

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Discussion Over 200 people attended the Opening Doors to young girls and women into Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology event on Wednesday 6th February 2008 at the University of Leicester. Maureen opened the proceedings to a packed out audience and got the event underway by introducing Alice Delahunty, the young engineer of the year. Alice was very inspiring and later on in the day I had a couple of girls say to me that they would never have considered a career in Engineering, until after they heard Alice speak. Girls could take part in Chemistry, Physics and Genetics labs and meet professionals from world leading organisations in areas such as engineering, forensic criminal investigators, construction and technology. The atmosphere on the day was stimulating, with youngsters asking questions both of the speakers as well as at the stalls. Comments on the evaluation forms indicate that some of the students really enjoyed listening to the guest speakers as well as asking them questions from the floor, or chatting with them on an individual basis. When visiting the stalls the girls enjoyed receiving promotional items, asking questions as well as getting involved in interactive activities. The robotic dog on the De Montfort University stall was a great crowd pleaser.

Photo 7: Alice Delahunty chatting with students.

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Photo 8: Dr. Meghan Gray, chatting with individual students

Photo 9: Open mike Jill facilitating students asking questions of the speakers

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Photo 10: Students with their teacher at the Construction Skills stall

Photo 11: Girls getting involved in the interactive activities at the LEBC stall.

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Conclusion Majority of the people who attended found the event useful and informative. The practical labs were the most enjoyed aspect of the day with almost every student commenting on this. A number of the girls have mentioned that as a result of listening to the speakers and asking questions they now have a clearer idea of what sort of career they would like to pursue. A random selection of comments from the evaluation forms are as follows: ‘Overall this whole day was exciting and eventful. So this day was very cool. It has made me realise there is a lot to science and not only medicine. It makes me wonder which career path I am going to choose.’ ‘I thought the open day was very informative and I’m very glad I came. I have a slightly better idea of the education I’d like to go into’ ‘I really enjoyed it here today, all the talks were really great and I learnt some very interesting’ ‘Can we have stalls for colleges as well as stalls for universities?’ ‘It was an amazing day. The talks weren’t even boring. The people were friendly and nice. I enjoyed it well.’ ‘It was awesome. I loved the stalls and the practical session in physics – it was so much fun. But I would have liked to do the practical sessions in genetics and chemistry’ ‘I had enjoyed the whole day, even though some genetic activities were repeated. I had a lot of advice on some career choices, and all the qualifications needed for the career. I believe you should give more opportunities like this, it can help students to find a career, I’m very please, thank you.’ Recommendations for future events Some suggested improvements for future events are: 1. Have shorter or fewer talks. 2. Have more stalls, or at least more interactive stalls. An alternative to this might be to reduce the amount of time to browse stalls. 3. A few of the students asked if we could have some stalls representing colleges, as well as the university stalls. 4. See if we can arrange it such that there is a chance for all the students to participate in each of the lab sessions, instead of having to choose one out of the three.

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5. Maybe divide the day into different segments, e.g. engineering in the morning, construction in the afternoon. 6. Approach partners for funding in advance, and ask for their support (promotional material, stall funding etc) by October at the latest. This will allow us to be able to promote the event better, and inform the schools in advance too. 7. Contact speakers in advance as well. By October again, if possible. 8. Schools should be invited to the event at the beginning of the academic year; late September. This will allow them to fit it into their list of activities for the year and also we should send a programme out by January at the latest. 9. In connection with the above, advertising should be out by September and then another marketing campaign nearer the time, e.g. mid – January. Acknowledgements Many thanks to:    All the guest speakers who were extremely approachable and inspiring Helen at the Students Union for professionalism and efficiency in dealing with our needs. All the staff and volunteers of LeicestHERday Trust for all their support in making this day a great success.

References: 1. http://www.ukrc4setwomen.org/ 2. New Scientist Magazine – 26th January 2008. Appendix 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Schools booking form Individual Student registration form Photographic Consent form Evaluation form Programme of the day Floor plan ODSECT Flyer

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