Jessica Rowson is the Gender Balance Manager Pre-19 for the Institute of Physics, responsible for managing projects that look at the barriers faced by girls when deciding whether to continue to study physics at A-level, and what active steps can be taken to redress the imbalance. For the past 30 years only around a fifth of UK A-level physics students are female, despite similar achievements across boys and girls at GCSE. Findings from the most recent pilot project indicate that schools can make a difference, with the number of girls choosing AS physics trebling in the pilot schools and talking about gender stereotypes plays a critical role. Prior to this role, Jessica taught physics at a secondary school in South East London and has a background in structural engineering and technical journalism.

Jessica will be involved in the following FiLiA session: 
Teaching Equality (Sunday afternoon)