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We are Tech Women back Morson's Maker Space to tackle skills shortages and gender gaps

  • Publish Date: Posted 12 days ago
  • Author: Katie Marshall

Director of the Morson Maker Space at the University of Salford, Dr Maria Stukoff has written an article for We Are Tech Women highlighting the importance of partnerships like Morson’s STEM programme with the University of Salford for tackling skills shortages and improving the STEM gender gap.

The article ‘The Power To Make And Disrupt The Status Quo In High Tech Engineering Sectors’ discusses:

  • The link between skills shortages and underrepresentation of women in tech

  • The ways that academic institutions can partner with businesses to benefit both students and employers

  • The relationship between Morson Group and the University of Salford

Education and business partnerships

Technology is transforming the 4th industrial revolution and educational institutions often struggle to keep up with integrating new technologies. There has been a boom in maker spaces at universities recently. Stukoff believes that this demonstrates that they are seeking new approaches to ensure students acquire industry-relevant skills.

Stukoff emphasises the importance of partnerships between universities and businesses in developing the skills employers are looking for. She also highlights the relationship between Morson and the University of Salford as being a key feature of their STEM strategy citing projects such as:

  • the Morson Maker Space

  • partnering the IntoUniversity new learning centre

  • our contribution to their Women in Engineering- Go Beyond mentoring programme

It's an honour to be featured and have the work we are doing recognised, but more importantly, it is wonderful to know that our partnership with the University of Salford is truly making a difference to its students.

You can read the full article on to learn more about the difference partnerships like ours are making in overcoming barriers to STEM. You can also read about the launch of our STEM foundation and the Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarship.