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£1,500 bursary for female student planning to study STEM subject at university

One local student will be selected, and will receive £1,500 a year to support their studies over a three-year degree. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A new bursary for female students looking to study science, technology, engineering or maths - also known as a STEM subject - at university is open for applications in Guernsey.

It is the first bursary of its kind, and has been developed with the aim of creating a more gender balanced environment within the local technology sector.

One local student will be selected, and will receive £1,500 a year to support their studies over a three-year degree.

The student will also undertake six weeks paid work experience at Sure throughout the bursary.

We need more women in technology as, according to Women in Tech, female representation in the sector has stalled over the last decade. At Sure 28% of employees are female but this includes only 5% of our engineering and technical staff. 33% of Sure's senior leadership roles are held by women.

Stereotypes and prejudice are sadly still hurdles that women have to overcome in the industry but our bursary, with paid work experience and ongoing support from female mentors at Sure to create an invaluable network of women working in tech, are just some of the ways that we are trying to break down these barriers.

– Lucienne De La Mare, HR Director at Sure

Out of the 338 women currently in higher education from Guernsey, less than 1% are currently studying engineering or computer science.

Diversity leads to a better customer experience. 50% of all users and purchasers of technology are women - that's half of our customer base. Having a business that reflects our consumers is so important to understand and cater to all of them.

– Ian Kelly, CEO of Sure

Students who are interested in applying for the bursary can find out more information here.