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This course created by UCL and hosted by FutureLearn introduces the Equity Compass tool as a framework to help you support all learners and promote equity in informal STEM learning. This could be useful for developing outreach and engagement work.

There are ongoing inequalities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) sector, which has traditionally excluded people from minoritised communities.

This three-week course, designed for informal STEM learning practitioners, will help you reflect on and develop equitable and inclusive practice, to ensure that your organisation can effectively support diverse young people’s engagement with STEM.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding of equity issues, the factors influencing inequalities in STEM and what to do about it. By the end, you’ll have created a plan of action to make your practice more equitable and inclusive.

The course is fully online and on demand - you can start when you like and go at your own pace. They suggest you commit two hours a week.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe key factors influencing inequalities in STEM participation and informal STEM learning
  • Explain the difference between equality, equity, social justice
  • Describe the components of the Equity Compass
  • Apply the Equity Compass to examples from informal STEM learning
  • Identify weak and strong examples of equitable practice
  • Reflect on and develop your own practice using the Equity Compass


Click here for more information and to sign up on FutureLearn