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What is STEM?

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are subjects that are key to the UK’s future prosperity and global competitiveness. We need to generate more interest in these areas, harness people’s skills and create a strong supply of highly skilled employees.

In the East Midlands this challenge is being grasped by the East Midlands STEM Partnership, a powerful voice for STEM in our region.


In 2006 the Labour Government's STEM Programme Report set out a wide ranging programme of activity to tackle these challenges, building on previous government work to ensure a strong UK STEM base, which is described in more detail here. The STEM Programme Report recommended closer collaboration between these organisations, in order to improve the effectiveness of STEM education support offered to schools and colleges.

As a result of this report, the STEM Programme  is led by the National STEM Director, working with a team at the National STEM Centre.

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