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Scheme to boost female scientists

A £250,000 placement scheme has launched to boost the number of women choosing a career in science and engineering.

Forty-five new summer placements have been created as part of the Careerwise initiative, which aims to help create a more equal workforce.

Currently, only 13% of the science, engineering and technology (SET) workforce in Scotland are women.

Placements are on offer to female undergraduates studying science, technology, engineering, and maths courses.

They range from oil and gas engineering posts in Aberdeen to ecology and hydrology-related placements in Penicuik.

Applicants have until March 31 to apply to the Scottish Government-funded scheme, which is run by Edinburgh Napier University's Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET.

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