Birmingham, STEM Ambassadors and me
- University of Birmingham
- Engineering and Physical Sciences
Yvonne Baker, chemical engineering alumna and Chief Executive of STEM Learning, will deliver the March 2020 EPS Distinguished Lecture.
"We'll go on a quick romp through a working life which began in the labs of Birmingham’s Department of Chemical Engineering and has taken me to places I did not expect, including an accidental career in “Science Communication”. Accompanied by some thoughts on what has gone wrong as well as right; how we can continue to make science, engineering and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) attractive to the young and not so young; and some things I have learnt along the way."
Yvonne is Chief Executive of STEM Learning – an organisation working to achieve a world-leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for all young people across the UK, so benefitting them, their communities and the UK economy. Working with educators and employers of all sectors and sizes, STEM Learning drives forward UK STEM education by providing high-impact, STEM-specific professional learning for teachers, role models via the STEM Ambassador programme, support for STEM Clubs, and other high-impact STEM activities.
A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Yvonne spent time in manufacturing before moving into management consultancy. Whilst working full time, she studied for an MBA and moved into the STEM sector to establish the Science and Engineering (now STEM) Ambassadors volunteering programme in 2002. She joined STEM Learning in 2010, and has significantly grown the organisation’s reach and impact to become the UK’s largest provider of STEM support.
Yvonne has a strong personal passion for engaging all young people (particularly girls and those from disadvantaged backgrounds) with STEM, so they can understand the opportunities, enjoyment and excitement that STEM-related careers – particularly in the engineering and manufacturing sectors – can provide.
The EPS Distinguished Lecture Series is organised by the College Alumni Relations team. To find out more about the EPS Community visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/eps-community.