SESTEM

Student Experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Project funded by the University of Reading

For further detail and results see the SESTEM project website.

Core Team:

Dr Billy Wong (PI), Meggie Copsey-Blake, Reham Elmorally, Prof Joy Singarayer, Prof Ellie Highwood

The Student Experiences in STEM (SESTEM) project at the University of Reading aims to better understand the experiences of undergraduate students in STEM degrees, especially those who self-consider as from ‘Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic’ (‘BAME’) backgrounds. The long-term goal is to understand and eventually develop strategies or resources to reduce the differential degree outcome (sometimes referred as the ‘awarding’ or ‘attainment’ gap) for minority ethnic students at university. The 3-year project began in October 2018 and will conclude in September 2021. We collected 88 interviews and over 150 journal reflections from undergraduate STEM students.