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Friday, 13 March, 1998, 13:42 GMT
Science still a man's world says study
Only 20% of female science graduates enter the industry
Science and engineering companies are being urged to introduce family-friendly policies to try to encourage more women into the profession.

The call follows a study by the Roehampton Institute.

It found that the proportion of female science and engineering graduates going on to work in the industry was 20% - the same figure as 1979.

For men, the figures were much higher with 36% of graduates going into industry in 1996.

According to the study, the main destination for female science graduates was teaching, with many women entering lower paid jobs in primary schools.

The engineering council has blamed what they called the "macho culture" in science and engineering companies and have advised them to introduce flexible working arrangements to attract more women.

Science week launched

The study comes as the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, launched National Science and Technology week.

He announced that the Council of Science and Technology (CST) was to have a new strategic role across government and that women would play an increasingly important role.

Mr Blair said he would appoint new members to the CST who would be drawn from business, science and academia and with more women represented.

The council was established in 1993 to provide independent advice to the Prime Minister on sustaining and developing science and technology.

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