Gender Balance manager pre-19, Institute of Physics
Jessica Rowson is the Gender Balance manager pre-19 for the Institute of Physics. Only around a fifth of UK A-level physics students are female, despite similar achievements across boys and girls at GCSE. Jessica manages the IOP projects that look at the barriers that girls face when choosing Physics A Level, and what active steps can be taken to redress the imbalance. 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. Prior to this role, she taught physics at a secondary school in South East London and has a background in structural engineering and technical journalism.