11 Oct 17

Multiple award nominations for organisation encouraging young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths

A charitable organisation that aims to inspire young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has been nominated for seven industry awards.

Renfrewshire based SmartSTEMs, which is powered by EDF Energy, is up for diversity and community awards at four ceremonies over the coming weeks for its work with schools.

SmartSTEMs has been shortlisted for Best Community Project at The Herald and GenAnalytics National Diversity Awards; Technology Networking Group of the Year at the Scotland Women in Technology Awards; Enterprise in Education at the ROCCO Awards (Renfrewshire Chambers of Commerce) and Community Impact Award at the Scottish Cyber Awards.

SmartSTEMs founder Stuart Macdonald is up for three awards: Diversity Hero of the Year at The Herald and GenAnalytics National Diversity Awards; Gender Diversity Champion at the Scotland Women in Technology Awards and Business Leader of the Year at the ROCCO Awards.

Between events and outreach work SmartSTEMs has made contact with 3,000 children this year. More than 1,700 girls from 91 schools across Scotland have attended SmartSTEMs events over the last seven months and they are on track to reach another 500 children before the end of the year.

Each event caters for between 120 to 500 children aged 10-14 and gives them the chance to hear from inspiring speakers who work in STEM about their journey, speak to science and technology businesses about what kind of jobs they could do and get involved in hands-on workshops.

EDF Energy has been supporting SmartSTEMs as headline sponsor as part of its wider commitment to education which includes the “Pretty Curious” programme, which aims to change the perception of STEM subjects and help address the lack of women entering the industry.

EDF Energy’s Scottish Business Director, Paul Winkle, said: “It is great to see SmartSTEMs being recognised for the fantastic work they are doing to inspire more young people to study STEM subjects. STEM industries are facing a large skills gap particularly when it comes to gender. At the moment only one in five people working in core STEM industries in Scotland is a woman.  We are committed to changing that which is why we are pleased to support organisations like SmartSTEMs who share our ethos.”

Stuart Macdonald, founder of SmartSTEMs said: “We are delighted that the generous and industrious efforts of our team and very many volunteers has been recognised so consistently across numerous awards. We are proud to be playing our part in making Scotland a great place to discover and pursue STEM careers.”

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

Notes to editors

Award Shortlists:

The Herald and GenAnalytics national Diversity Awards 2017 12th October

·         Best Community Project – SmartSTEMs

·         Diversity Hero of the Year - Stuart Macdonald, SmartSTEMs

Scotland Women in Technology Awards - 26th October

  • Gender Diversity Champion - Stuart Macdonald
  • Technology Networking Group of the Year - SmartSTEMs

Rocco Awards - 17th November

  • ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education – SmartSTEMs
  • ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – Stuart Macdonald

Scottish Cyber Awards – 22nd November

  • Cyber Resilient Community Impact Award - SmartSTEMs

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.