Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for STEM education and training in Scotland: widening participation, improving delivery and meeting the needs of business

Morning, Tuesday, 26th June 2018

Central Edinburgh


This seminar will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss the priorities and challenges for implementing the Scottish Government’s STEM education and training strategy - aimed at supporting the drive to fulfil Scotland’s economic potential in areas such as engineering, life sciences and the tech sector.

Delegates will discuss key issues identified by the STEM strategy including next steps for improving participation and changing perception toward STEM education and careers amongst underrepresented groups such as women and girls, ethnic minorities and disabled students.

Further sessions will focus on the initiatives designed to improve the delivery of STEM education within schools and colleges, including improving STEM literacy amongst the teaching workforce so that educators are better equipped to support students, and developing new pathways into teaching for STEM graduates - following the recent announcement of a new £20,000 bursary for those training to become teachers in STEM subjects.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from Skills Development Scotland

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from Skills Development Scotland


Iain Gray MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education, Skills and Science, Scottish Labour

Clare Adamson MSP

Convener, Cross-Party Group on Science and Technology


Tom Renwick

Director, Maths on Track

Ken Edwards

Education Programme Lead, Skills Development Scotland

Alastair MacGregor

Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre

Dr Matson Lawrence

Senior Policy and Analysis Officer, Scottish Funding Council

Zoe Thomson

Depute Headteacher, Woodmill High School, Fife

Talat Yaqoob

Director, Equate Scotland

Paul Allford

Standards and Qualification Policy Manager, CITB Scotland

Melinda Matthews Clarkson

Chief Executive Officer, CodeClan

Professor Lesley Yellowlees

Convener, Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education

Polly Purvis

Chief Executive, ScotlandIS

Martin McGuire

Principal, New College Lanarkshire

Peter Finegold

Head of Education Policy, Institution of Mechanical Engineers