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British former Formula One world champion driver Jenson Button has expressed the need for more women to get involved in engineering.

The motoring industry is calling for women to get involved in engineering, and Jenson Button appeared at the Formula Student World Finals in Silverstone to voice his opinions the issue, alongside some other high-profile speakers.

The former F1 champ explained that while female engineers do appear and make a big difference in motor sport, a far higher percentage of women are needed in the industry to address gender imbalances.

Button said:

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He continued:

Undergraduate engineering and technology related degree courses are currently male-dominated in the UK, with just 15.8 per cent of the students on those types of courses being women.

Recent surveys have revealed that only 11 per cent of the current engineering workforce is female – meaning the UK is home to the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.

Rob Smedley, the head of Vehicle Performance at Williams F1 , appeared alongside Button at the British Racing Drivers Club and also spoke about the issue, explaining that when you add women into the mix, a better product is created.

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He said:

Formula Student – a student engineering competition – boasts an above industry average number of females on competing teams, with 13 per cent in comparison to 9 per cent nationally.

Of course, a team made up of just 13 per cent women is still wildly unbalanced.

STEM subjects at Cardiff University, who won Formula Student in 2017, are made up of 23 per cent women – a huge 10 per cent above the national average.

Formula Student has benefited from support from programmes like Santander Universities, which funds 11 of the competing teams in the hope to inspire the next generation of engineers and encourage the study of STEM subjects and diversity in the field.

Santander Universities has invested £69 million since 2007 in supporting UK students and universities, providing over £10 million funding in 2017 alone.

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Button showed his support for the Santander Universities program, saying:

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Matt Hutnell, UK Director of Santander Universities, added:

Santander Universities is recognised as the world’s largest corporate supporter of higher education.

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