Webinar: Understanding the gender gap at the highest performance level in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics
If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording of it here:
The proportion of female entrants to the actuarial profession in Ireland peaked at approximately 50% in the early 2000’s. However, since then there has been a sharp decline in the proportion of female entrants, to just 30% in the last two years.
The Society’s Gender Pipeline Working Group has found that the marked decline in the proportion of female entrants broadly mirrors a gender gap at the highest performance level in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths, which has been particularly evident since 2012. Coincidentally (or not), that was when the new “Project Maths syllabus was first examined. It was also the year that flat bonus points were introduced for marks of 40% or more.
As well as being of great concern for the actuarial profession, this gender gap is likely to have implications at a wider society level in terms of addressing gender imbalance in STEM and in female access to high-points third level courses generally.
Join our webinar to engage with our panel of actuaries and academics on this important topic.
The Gender Pipeline Working Group paper on the topic is published below.
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- Bríd Quigley, the Society’s President, will introduce the topic.
Bríd Horan, Chancellor of Dublin City University, will chair the panel discussion.
- Adrian O’Hagan, Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin
- Jennifer Loftus, Chief Financial and Risk Officer, Acorn Life and Chair of the Society’s Gender Pipeline Working Group
- Hamsa Venkat, Professor at the School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies, Dublin City University
- Meighan Duffy, Chairperson of the Irish Applied Maths Teachers’ Association