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The Newton Academy has been created as part of the University of Lincoln’s Athena SWAN project, acknowledging the Institution’s commitment to improving the representation of women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). To improve the representation of female academics in some STEM areas (particularly in physics, mathematics, engineering and computer science) we have to attract more girls to these subjects at School level.

We believe that early engagement is the key to increasing the popularity of STEM subjects among our girls. The Academy, therefore, aims to inspire 10–14 year olds in STEM subjects – subjects that research shows they are less likely to pursue – opening their eyes to the possibilities of what they can achieve, and encouraging them to consider post-16 study in STEM subjects… and ultimately, of course, to pursue science and technology careers.

As well as enthusiasm for STEM and essential problem-solving and critical thinking skills, the Academy aims to develop the girl’s leadership capabilities and give them the confidence to challenge preconceptions that may prevent them from pursuing and being successful in any STEM field. But most of all, The Newton Academy aims to show young girls that science can be rewarding, challenging and fun.