Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Athena SWAN SEES committee welcomes new member

We are pleased to announce that Dr Anouska Panton, Senior Research Associate in SEES, has joined the Athena SWAN SEES committee as a full member since July 2015. We all wish a warm welcome to Anouska.

Monday, 6 July 2015

2015 WISE Awards - Celebrating female talent in science, technology and engineering

The WISE Awards aim to achieve the following objectives:
  • Celebrate excellence and the contribution women make to Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Manufacturing in the UK
  • Share stories to inspire others, especially those that would otherwise consider that these subjects and careers were not for “People like me”
  • Recognise the critical role that organisations and individuals have in influencing the choices of girls and women
  • Showcase the winners and mobilise them to actively work with WISE to achieve our goal of '1 million more women in the UK STEM workforce'

The deadline for nominations is 9.00am Monday 17 August 2015.

Read more - and nominate your candidate - here.

In the news - Guardian Editorial: Tim Hunt - an explosive combination of science, sexism and social media

It is three weeks since Sir Tim Hunt, a Nobel prize winner, shared his sexist opinion of female scientists – distractingly sexy, prone to weep when criticised and best segregated at work – with a room full of science writers. His remarks were relayed into the Twittersphere by several of those present, including British-based science writer Connie St Louis. At once, he came under global and sometimes viciously personal attack on social media. He delivered a non-apology on BBC radio. According to his wife, also a senior scientist at UCL, it was made clear to her that to protect UCL’s reputation, he had to resign.

Twitter is loud, shouty and mainly male. It is rubbish at nuance, detail or ambivalence but it is perfect for rushing noisily to judgment, sometimes – as women from Connie St Louis to Caroline Criado-Perez have learned – in a downright threatening way. It is not only academia that suffers from internet bullying. In Scotland, Labour has repeatedly asked the SNP to deal with aggressive cybernats. The experience of UCL is another warning that a Twitterstorm is a digital riot, and that is how it should be treated.

Read more here.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Funding - University Research Fellowships, Royal Society

The scheme provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.
The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and any researcher addressing a direct biomedical research question.

Eligibility requirements
The applicant must:
  • have a PhD (note we will not consider applicants who have just submitted their PhD)
  • be in the early stages of their research career and must have between 3 to 8 years of research experience since their PhD by the closing date of the round
  • not hold a permanent post in a university or not-for-profit organization in the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • be a citizen of the EEA or a be a Swiss citizen (or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland)


This scheme will open to applications on 15 July 2015 and close on 09 September 2015. The scheme notes will be available in due course. 

Full details here.