Agency wanted for science brief

A body promoting the ­efforts of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) is on the hunt for its first PR agency.

The UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) wants to raise the profile of the organisation, its membership and the ­issues facing women within these disciplines.

In Britain, fewer than one in five women with a degree in SET fields work within those sectors. The organisation, set up with government funding in 2004, believes every­day workplace culture could be a barrier to their ­recruitment.

Earlier this month, a UKRC seminar ­argued that the abundance of women with SET qualifications could be used to fill gaps in the IT sector. According to the Confederation of British Industry, there are 50,000 women with relevant skills.

The successful agency will report to head of comms and PR Abigail Chard.

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