Gender Equality in University Education in STEM

Learn how to implement measures to improve the participation of women in higher education programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Start: 9 May 2022

End: 5 June 2022

Online training in English and Spanish.


Participants who pass the course will obtain an official certificate from the University of Salamanca (Spain).


40 places with free registration. Pre-registration open until 8 May at the following link

Target audience

Professors, researchers and decision-makers from higher education institutions involved in STEM programmes.


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The course

Internationally, the participation rates of women students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses are substantially and consistently lower than those of men. Within Universities, women are underrepresented relative to men in senior positions in STEM departments. There is a need for Higher Education to address the gender gap in these disciplinary areas by encouraging more women to participate in STEM programmes through attracting, accessing, retaining and orienting women to these programmes. Allied to this is a need to enhance professional progression opportunities for women in STEM departments and in Universities leading to greater gender balance in decision making in Universities and more visibility for women as role models in STEM disciplines.

The course has been designed based on the output from the Erasmus+ funded W-STEM project that ran from 2018 to 2022, involving fifteen Universities from ten countries in Latin America and Europe. Through this project, tools, methods and resources were developed that will assist Universities in understanding gender inequality issues and putting in place action plans to address these issues.

This course provides participants with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills relating to addressing gender inequalities in STEM programmes and disciplines in Higher Education.

By undertaking this course, participants will gain an understanding of the national and international context for gender inequality in STEM, learn about how to lead and enact change in  University (or Higher Education Institution) including the role of a gender action plan and the importance of gaining the support of University leadership, and specifically address matters relating to attraction, access, and guidance for women students on STEM programmes.

Throughout the course, and upon completion of the course, participants can apply their knowledge and skills to address gender inequality in their own University (or Higher Education Institution).

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe and critically analyse the context for women’s participation in STEM programmes.
  2. Critically evaluate an existing self-assessment and gender equality action plan to enhance women’s involvement in STEM programmes.
  3. Reflect upon the requirement for a self-assessment and gender equality action plan to enhance women’s involvement in STEM programmes in the learner’s own Institution.
  4. Reflect upon the learner’s own role in self-assessment and gender equality action planning to enhance women’s involvement in STEM programmes.
  5. Utilise and evaluate the tools, applications and designs for attraction, access and guidance campaigns and processes developed as part of the W-STEM project.
  6. Contribute to the W-STEM resource catalogue.
  • Introduction and Context: Gender Gap in STEM
  • Enacting change in universities
  • Attraction mechanisms and strategies
  • Access mechanisms and strategies
  • Orientation and retention mechanisms and strategies

The course is organized in 5 modules that take place during the 4 weeks of the course, with a maximum of 40 hours. Throughout the modules there will be asynchronous activities and forums for questions.

A videoconference will take place through Zoom on 9 May at 17:30 CEST – 12:30 Argentina – 11:30 Chile – 10:30 Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador – 9:30 Costa Rica.


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