My name is Alysia and I am in Year 12 at UTC Oxfordshire.

I am currently studying chemistry, biology, maths A levels and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

When I leave the UTC, I plan to go to university to study biology. I joined UTC Oxfordshire because it specialised in science subjects, where others didn’t; for me, it was a no brainer. The UTC has exceeded all my expectations.

I haven’t noticed the gender gap studying STEM subjects, as my science classes are largely female, particularly biology. It just works.

I think it’s important to empower women into STEM-related careers because we have a different perspective on things. At the UTC the female to male ratio is greater than industry average, and I’d like to see it grow further.

My top tips to any girls looking to study here would be to just do it. I was so nervous when I came here, but you just need to push yourself if you have a passion for it. I’ve grown in confidence so much since I joined.