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'Lack of encouragement robs girls of engineering careers'

Selective schooling and a lack of encouragement is to blame for a disproportionately low number of women pursuing a career in engineering, one of the country's leading experts has said.

Girls need to be encouraged to explore a career in engineering, Prof Dame Ann Dowling said Credit: PA

Women in Britain account for just eight per cent of engineers, compared with around 20 per cent in other European countries.

Prof Dame Ann Dowling, the Royal Academy of Engineering's first female president, said she was "concerned" that young women in particular were giving up on physics at the age of 14 or 15.

Speaking to Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, she said: "Girls do very well at GCSE science but a small number, only 20 per cent, continue physics on into the sixth form. And physics and maths are the standard entry to do a degree in engineering.

"I am concerned that young women in particular are giving up physics and probably making these decisions when they're 14 or 15."

Young children are "natural engineers" and need encouragement to develop their desire to create and design, she added.


Hundreds forced to spend night in cars amid Dover delays

Hundreds of drivers have been forced to spend the night in their car after tightened security checks by French border officials caused huge delays.

As temperatures soared today, many were left stranded as miles of tailbacks built up.

Drivers have been caught up in delays heading to Dover Credit: APTN

Providing regular travel updates, the Port of Dover Twitter feed said the estimated travel time between the Roundhill Tunnels on the A20 in Folkestone to the port - a nine-mile journey - was 11 hours.

Meanwhile, from the Whitfield Roundabout on the A2 - just five miles away - motorists could expect delays of just under two hours.

Bosses 'should allow time for staff to watch Olympics'

Employers should consider introducing flexible working in the coming weeks to allow sports fans to watch the Olympics, experts have said.

Workers should be allowed time to watch the Olympics, Acas said Credit: PA

Conciliation service Acas issued has issued guidance urging bosses to consider allowing staff to start later or finish early and make up time on different days. They should also be allowed to swap shifts, the advice adds.

Acas chairman Sir Brendan Barber said flexible working agreements could help managers get the best from their teams.

Rio 2016 will be an exciting event for many sports fans but staff should avoid getting disqualified for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period.

Many businesses need to maintain a certain staffing level in order to survive and sprint to that finish line.

Employers should have a set of simple workplace agreements in place before the starting gun goes off for the Olympic Games.

These agreements can help ensure businesses remain productive whilst keeping staff happy too, which are key ingredients for a gold medal winning team line up.

– Sir Brendan Barber, Acas


Turkey captures aide to cleric blamed for military coup bid

A key aide to the US-based Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed military coup has been captured by Turkish forces, a presidency official has said.

Fethullah Gulen has been blamed for the coup attempt Credit: Reuters

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed Fethullah Gulen for the unsuccessful bid to overthrow the government, which Gulen has denied.

Halis Hanci, described as Gulen's "right-hand man", reportedly entered Turkey two days before the coup attempt began, the official said.

It comes just hours after his nephew Muhammed Sait Gulen was detained in Erzurum in northeastern Turkey.

School coach crash: Police suggest driver 'fell asleep'

Video report by ITV News' Stacy Foster:

Police in France have suggested that the driver of a coach that crashed near the Swiss border while carrying British school children, fell asleep at the wheel.

Two children were seriously injured when the bus, carrying teenagers from Cheltenham Bournside School, came off the road on the A39 motorway at Lons-le-Saunier.

Ten students and one member of staff received ‘minor’ injuries. There were 48 people on board the coach which set off from the UK on Friday.

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