Declining university STEM courses: Getting to the root of the problem

A guest blog from Dr Mike Lynch, CEO and Founder of Autonomy


The reduction of STEM subject university degree courses is a worrying trend that will undoubtedly have an impact on the UK IT industry. The problem, of course, begins before university, and that is where it needs to be addressed.


In the last few years, the way ICT has been taught in schools has 2663_10_6-mike-lynch-chief-executive-autonomy.pngstilted the imaginations of the young by boring them with the tedium of learning to use specific applications, instead of encouraging them to be creative with how they use technology and gain more widely applicable skills.


There is too much focus on learning to use specific platforms and applications – which will be years out of date by the time pupils leave school – and not enough on the fundamentals of technology. Young people are inherently good at getting to grips with using technology – why spend weeks teaching them what they can teach themselves in hours?


Keeping children engaged in Maths and Science at school will improve the demand for those courses at university and, with the right kind of IT skills, lead to a more employable generation of graduates.