To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016 the National Centre for Universities and Business has today published a new video and reports on its annual dashboard of statistics on women in engineering.

Women in Leadership: the male perspective is the latest from the National Centre’s Women in Leadership Group, and interviews senior male executives about barriers and challenges facing women leaders.

Chaired by Rona Fairhead, The National Centre’s Women in Leadership group is exploring a programme of activity to demonstrate real and effective change that will bring more women through the pipeline into senior roles. Lord Davies’ target of 25% Women on Boards in FTSE 100 companies by 2015 was exceeded. But more needs to be done: there are only five female Chief Executives in the FTSE 100 and women make up 17% of University Vice-Chancellors.

The National Centre’s Women in Leadership group aims to develop bold, practical actions to increase the number of women in leadership positions in both business and academia, using the strength of university-business collaboration. Balance

The video follows the National Centre’s most recent Talent 2030 Dashboard showing a downward trend in the female uptake of engineering education. The annual dashboard of statistics published as part of Talent 2030, is an ambitious campaign to bring female talent into the engineering and manufacturing industries.

Talent 2030 runs a unique tracking exercise to monitor the number of female students entering GCSE and A-Level Physics, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate technology studies. The dashboard contains targets to improve these numbers between 2012 and 2030.

We are not on track to achieve these targets. According to the 2015 dashboard the proportion of young women studying engineering and physics has remained virtually static since 2012. Though the percentage of female postgraduate qualifiers has increased, this is largely due to international students. In sharp contrast the proportion of those qualifying in undergraduate Engineering and Technology courses has actually dropped from 14% to 13.7%. And despite a spate of investment, and many initiatives in recent years, only 9% of qualified engineers are women.

Much has been achieved. Much more is needed.