STEM Untapped

Welcome to the STEM Untapped Podcasts, brought to you by Untapped Innovation

The GCSE Tipping Point

Through research from groups such as WISE and Microsoft we have discovered that one of the most critical points in a student’s STEM career is post GCSE, when a student transitions from studying many subjects, to a few subjects.*

This has been identified as a key attrition or ‘leak’ point for girls in STEM in particular. The data shows that we lose approximately 50% of girls at this time point as many chose non-STEM based subjects. And while many girls wish to continue, they lack the support in order to pursue their STEM dream more confidently. This is even more acutely observed in under-represented sociodemographic and ethnic groups.

Specifically, the STEM support that is lacking today is:

  • Good access to a wide range of female role models in STEM,
  • School and teacher support regarding STEM career options,
  • Encouragement from family or close friends.

At Untapped we are extremely lucky to have access to a diverse range of amazing women in STEM.
* Sources: 1, 2 

As a result, we have chartered a podcast series dedicated to matching under-represented girls with a STEM role model of their choice.

The podcasts will be shared throughout the UK in order to ensure that student interviewers and listeners can hear engaging and informative advice, from inspirational women with a variety of careers in STEM.

Guest Blogs from
Women in STEM

Our Role Models


Untapped girls in STEM is the first bottom up approach I have seen in school. This wasn’t about telling the girls, this was about involving the girls, giving them that sense of ownership, importance and most of all trusting the girls and letting them get on. No hovering over them but giving them the self belief in their future in STEM. The portfolio they could choose from is inspirational not just due to the exceptional women involved but also the great range of careers covered, this wasn’t the usual compartmentalising of jobs we are usually given in school.


Highly recommend. It was an amazing experience and very insightful into the career that I would like to pursue. Very grateful to have the opportunity to take part


I really valued the opportunity to interview a woman in STEM. It was so insightful to understand more about what it will be like to enter a career in STEM and how the perception of women in science is evolving. It’s really inspiring to see brilliant women pioneering industries. The experience was really inspiring and I would really recommend it for those looking into STEM careers


What a fantastic way of connecting professionals with students to explore paths or their interests in a unique way, opening their eyes to the realities of STEM careers and those behind the scenes. This has not only inspired my students to seek more information on their chosen career but built their confidence and communication skills at the same time!


Listen to the Podcast

In this podcast, the students are going to introduce you to Kirsty McCabe who is a Broadcast Meteorologist. Kirsty presents and write about the weather for Sky News and the Royal Meteorological Society.If you're interested in meteorology, Kirsty recommends...Taking the Online Course Come Rain or Shine which will help you... Read more
Published on: 2022-11-15
Source: STEM Untapped
In this podcast your host, Izzy, is going to introduce you to the founders of STEM Untapped. Deirdre Walter, Sally Kemkers and Suzanne Allers set up STEM Untapped CIC in response to the lack of STEM role models for female and non-binary students.If you know a group of students who... Read more
Published on: 2022-11-01
Source: STEM Untapped
In this podcast, the students are going to introduce you to Dr Megan Sumeracki who is a Cognitive Psychological Scientist. Megan’s work is about trying to understand how we think and process information, and in particular figuring out the best ways for students to learn. Megan recommends...The Learning Scientists website,... Read more
Published on: 2022-10-18
Source: STEM Untapped
In this podcast the students are going to introduce you to Dr Louise Martin. Louise is a GP who treats patients at a GP surgery in London.Louise recommends...The British Medical Journal website When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (ISBN: 9781784701994)This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (ISBN: 9781509858637)STEM... Read more
Published on: 2022-10-04
Source: STEM Untapped
In this podcast the students are going to introduce you to Dr Ananathi Ramachandran who is a biologist. Ananthi works on cancer theraputics, which are medicines which target specific cancer cells.Ananthi recommends...The New Scientist website and InstagramUsing YouTube to search for scientific lab skillsSearching scientific hashtags on Twitter to find... Read more
Published on: 2022-06-09
Source: STEM Untapped
In this podcast the students are going to introduce you to Aminat Amoo who is a Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at a start up called Permutive. Aminat got into tech by joining a bootcamp for women with Code First Girls. She works with The Cloud, providing a good platform for the... Read more
Published on: 2022-05-18
Source: STEM Untapped
A quick update on why we haven't released an episode for a little while. We'll be back soon!Follow us on Instagram @stemuntapped  and have a look at our website Read more
Published on: 2022-04-21
Source: STEM Untapped
In this episode the students are going to introduce you to Yesim Kunter. Yesim is a play expert and futurist. Her day to day work involves a range of subjects, such as technology, psychology, anthropology, sociology and design.Yesim recommends...Ways of Seeing by John Berger (ISBN: 9780141035796)Homo Ludens: A Study of the... Read more
Published on: 2022-03-22
Source: STEM Untapped
In this episode the students are going to introduce you to Dr Elisa Smith. Elisa is a consultant pediatrician, specialising in the field of neonatology. She currently works at the neonatal intensive care unit in Cardiff where she is the clinical lead.If you know a group of students who would... Read more
Published on: 2022-03-08
Source: STEM Untapped