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.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Webinar – Stepping away from the lab, Thursday 27 July, 12.45–13.30pm

The IOP invites you to the webinar – Stepping away from the lab
Thursday 27 July, 12.45–13.30pm
 
https://global.gotowebinar.com/manageWebinar.tmpl?newWebinar=onetime&webinar=7450652913101692929  
 
Are you a female physics PhD or postdoc who knows a career in academia isn’t for you but are unsure what to do next? Then this webinar is for you.
 
Aimed at female physics early-career researchers who want to stay in physics but move outside academia, it will focus on the what employers look for and how to apply this criteria to your applications. By the end of the webinar you will also understand your career aspirations and values in order to develop your career goals with increased confidence.
 
Webinar outline: The 45-minute webinar will focus on and cover the following topics:
 
* Non-academic roles available for physics researchers
* Where to find support (developmental research staff, careers services and the IOP)
* What employers are looking for
* Effective communication skills for any situation
* Building your networks to find out more
 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact:  
Vishanti Fox
Careers & CPD Manager
Institute of Physics
76 Portland Place
London
W1B 1NT
 

Many Congratulations to Athena Livesey for gaining one of the top five places in the We are the City Female Future Pipeline Rising Star Awards...

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Female academics do more admin than their male colleagues

Female academics do significantly more internal administrative work than their male counterparts, according to an analysis of surveys performed at US institutions. Carried out by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Indiana University, the study found that the gender imbalance is highest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. While such internal work is vital for the day-to-day running of institutions, it is less valuable for promotions and salary increases than research and teaching, possibly hindering female career progression.

In one survey, which included 6875 tenure and tenure-track faculty at 140 US institutions, female academics reported spending, on average, 0.6 hours more per week than males on admin. The researchers also looked at 2012 data from a mandatory performance reporting system at two campuses belonging to a large public university. Covering 1378 faculty, it showed that women perform 12.4 admin activities per year, while men do just 10.9. In STEM subjects, women reported performing three more admin activities per year than men, compared with 2.5 for liberal arts and 0.3 for social sciences.

Read more here
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2017/may/23/female-academics-do-more-admin-than-their-male-colleagues  

Friday, 3 March 2017

Athena Swan Committee Meeting


The next Committee Meeting will be at 13.00 on Thursday 16th March. We'll meet in The Hub.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The annual University of Portsmouth Athena SWAN Conference: 17 May 2017

Save the date in your diaries for the annual University of Portsmouth Athena SWAN Conference on Wednesday 17 May 2017, 1.00pm–4.00pm.  The theme of the 2017 Athena SWAN Conference is ‘Increasing the Diversity of our Talent Pool’, reflecting the commitment of the University to the Extended Principles of Athena SWAN.

Athena SWAN now takes a broader and more inclusive approach to gender equality, having been expanded to cover all areas of the University, not just STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). It also now covers professional and support staff as well as academic staff and transgender equality for staff and students.

We have an exciting line-up of external and internal speakers, who will include:
Harriet Minter, a journalist and broadcaster specialising in female leadership.  She founded and edited the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section, which focused on women in the workplace, and now writes a column for them on Women in Tech.  She is also a columnist for Psychologies magazine and hosts the Badass Women’s Hour on TalkRadio

Katie Cornhill, a visionary and inspiring leader, a woman who works for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service that just happens to have a Trans* history. She also previously served for six years in the Royal Marines. Katie uses the fact that she’s a firefighter – a respected role among the local community – to educate others about the need for inclusion and equality, and an end to discrimination due to a persons sexual or gender identity and expression. Katie currently chairs the UK Fire and Rescue Service LGBTQIA+ staff support network, quiltbag and is a Trustee and Role Model for Stonewall. Katie has also orchestrated the development of a consortium of public service networks which currently has 18 member organisations.
Matthew Weait, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Athena SWAN Champion.

The conference will be opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Graham Galbraith.
More info: http://uopnews.port.ac.uk/2017/02/01/save-the-date-for-the-annual-university-athena-swan-conference-17-may-2017/