Why are there still so few women in science?

Athene Donald

Why aren’t there more women in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), and why do their numbers decline as they progress further up the academic career ladder? The Science and Technology Select Committee has been considering this problem, along with a few supplementary follow-on questions. Written and oral evidence has been collected and presumably…

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Grammar schools are broken, and I should know

Olivia Bliss

Last week, John Major, ex-prime minister and former grammar school pupil, expressed his shock and dismay at the way in which ‘every sphere of modern public life’ is now dominated by ‘a private school elite and well-heeled middle class’. Major was right to feel anxious about such middle class dominance. He was wrong to lay the…


Rejuvenation: Engaging young people in politics

James Sloam

It is often said that young people are disinterested or disengaged with politics in the UK. This is only partly true. The turnout of young people (18-24 year olds) has fallen significantly over recent decades to well under fifty percent in UK general elections. And the situation is likely to be made even worse with…

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