The School of Chemistry is committed to providing an environment of good employment practices and working environments for women, to tackling the unequal representation of women in science and to improving career progression for female academics.
The introduction of Athena SWAN polices benefits both male and female staff. We are reviewing our working practices to ensure that all staff and students are well supported in their work and study.
Find out more about ATHENA SWAN Charter (hosted by Research Councils UK).
Following a consultation among the School of Chemistry undergraduate and postgraduates the Women-in-Chemistry Mentoring scheme was launched. In the December 2011 meeting, a panel composed of women from the department at different stages of their scientific career met with undergraduates and postgraduates to discuss career choices and future mentoring initiatives.
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Women-in Science Mentoring Meeting - 7th February 2013
· Plans were finalised for a competition to be run by the School of Chemistry Scientific Women’s Academic Network to seek ideas for "How we can promote women to realise their potential in science”
· There was unanimous support to hold a get-together over lunch to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March
All staff, postdocs and post graduate students (male and female) are invited to bring lunch – either just for you or better still bring something to share – to an informal get together in the Coffee Lounge 1-2 pm. During lunch you will have an opportunity to vote for the best entry in the competition. We will also be supporting Oxfam’s work to transform the lives of women living in poverty around the world by collecting donations.
If you would like to be kept informed of future meetings please get in touch with Dr Carmen Galan to join our mailing list.
We are all happy to provide informal advice and discussion on career paths and development.
SoapboxScience - congratulations to PhD student Julie Dunne who entered SoapboxScience and has been selected to speak. Her talk will cover the chemistry of milk molecules found in archeological artefacts, these give a clue to ancient farming practices.
L'Oreal Fellowships for Women in Science - 2013 closing date now passed. 2014 closing date is 1st February 2014.
British Federation of Women Graduates - Research Presentations Day 11th May 2013 - 2013 event passed but this event takes place annually.
British Federation of Women Graduates - various grants available, including emergency grants in unforeseen financial circumstances to enable completion of studies.
The Daphne Jackson Trust - charity offering help to career-break returners.
The Elsevier Foundation - New Scholars programme helps early to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with academic careers. Closing date for proposals 24th June 2013.