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Willetts wants more women engineers

Science and universities minister David Willetts has outlined several measures to help double the proportion of women taking engineering degrees in the UK, including a £200-million investment in university teaching facilities.

Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester on 30 September, Willetts also announced that tuition-fee loans would be extended for part-time students in engineering, technology and computer science who already have a degree in another discipline.

He said his party supports the aim to “double the proportion of engineering degrees taken by women”. This is particularly important, he argued, since the fraction of women engineers in the UK is one of the lowest in Europe.

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