New funding for female STEM students

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Central England Co-op has announced the launch of a new bursary fund that will encourage women to study STEM-related subjects such as IT, Engineering and Digital Technology at Birmingham City University.

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The Society is donating up to £20,000 every year for the next three years to support students looking to build their knowledge and forge careers in these fields. This comes after the Society joined forces with the University last year to develop skills and improve regional productivity through research, projects and a closer co-operation between business and academia.

Central England Co-operative Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle said: “Everyone at the Society is proud to announce the launch of this bursary and excited to see the impact it will have on students in the coming years at Birmingham City University.

Professor Hanifa Shah, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University, added: “Our partnership with the Central England Co-operative is all about improving opportunities for people and widening the reach of higher education.

“As a member organisation of Women in Science and Engineering, we know that STEM subjects and careers can be male-dominated. And it is of the utmost importance for the aspirations of all young people and the future of our economy in the West Midlands that more women enter the field. Initiatives like this are a fantastic way to make sure this happens.”

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