Our female STEM specialists share their journey into the industry
and advice for the future generation of women in STEM

Taking STEM by storm

‘STEM’ is term that is used to group together the distinct but related disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

These subject areas were once more male-dominated but things are changing, and more women are inspiring inclusion and building successful careers in STEM.

Celebrating women in STEM

We have spoken to some of our students and academics that are challenging the STEM career stereotype and inspiring the next generation.

Find out about their achievements, challenges and future ambitions in the world of STEM in our interview and read on to discover how YOU can be part of the next wave of female STEM specialists.


There has been a positive increase in the percentage of women making up the Core-STEM workforce at 26% of the total, up from 24.4% in 2020.

Source: Wise Campaign (March, 2023)


Overall female participation in STEM subjects stands at 35%.

Source:Higher Education Authority Women in STEM Data

Heading in the right direction…

We’re seeing steady progress with female representation in STEM, with WISE estimating that by 2030 we’ll see 29% of STEM workforce identifying as female. However, considering the good employment opportunities in this area, this remains to be a low proportion and we want to challenge this under representation.

At Northumbria University Pathway we’re actively encouraging females with an interest in STEM to step up and study with us! Our Pathway programmes will support your learning needs and prepare you for your specialist STEM undergraduate degree.

Women in STEM

Your pathway to a career in STEM

Our STEM-focused International Foundation Programmes offer an excellent opportunity to fully prepare for your undergraduate degree and adjust to life in the UK.

You will develop English language skills relevant to your STEM subject, studying alongside other international students and guided by academics, tutors and support staff with experience in supporting international students in this important transition. Now’s your time to kick-start your career. Browse our STEM Pathways below!
Study in a fully embedded Pathway College where you’re part of the university campus from day one
Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate STEM-related degree and global jobs market
When you successfully complete your International Foundation Programme you’ll be guaranteed a place on an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University

Computing Pathway

Progress onto degrees in Computer Science, Cyber Security, Artifical Intelligence, Computer Networks, and IT for Business


Applied Science Pathway

Progress onto degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Nutrition, and Sport Science


Engineering Pathway

Progress onto degrees in Automotive Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering


Meet our female STEM academics

Dr Ruba Mohamed

Dr.Ruba Mohamed

Senior Module Leader in Applied Science

Dr Simin Baloochzadeh

Dr. Simin Baloochzadeh

Programme Leader for Pre-Masters in Computing, Engineering and Business

Dr. Kate Greenwood

Module Leader and Lecturer in Mathematics and Engineering

Newcastle student in laboratory
“I really enjoy my lab classes. There is a lot of equipment, support and guidance for safety. I’ve integrated here in Newcastle really well, and I’ve met people from different cultural backgrounds.”

Kodichinma Kanu

Applied Science Pathway

Thinking about your career in STEM?

We’re delighted to support you with any questions that you have about our Pathway programmes, the application process, entry requirements, finance or any other queries relating to studying at Northumbria University Pathway.

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