Some Athena SWAN reflections

A few weeks ago, I was delighted to announce that the School of Biosciences had been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award.  This is a recognition of our efforts to address gender inequality in our workplace since 2014. Biosciences has been an Athena SWAN award holder continuously since 2007, having oscillated between Bronze and Silver …

A muddled existence: Life as an early career teaching academic with 2 young children

For those who don’t know me, I am now 7 months into life as a teaching academic for Biotechnology, having made the switch from postdoc life, and can often be found in office C08 of BABs building. Having been inspired by others in the school to speak openly about our “whole” lives and to highlight …

Mental Health Trigger Alert

In February 2015, a few days after my son’s 14thbirthday, my brain broke. I lay on the couch sobbing. Tears falling but for no reason that I could understand. My GP gave me a diagnosis of depression. I didn’t believe him, I wasn’t sad, I was numb. I felt nothing. I couldn’t string a sentence …

Declaring a disability at work

I recently attended a workshop entitled Declaring a Disability. The session covered four main areas: The legal and philosophical framework which underpins University’s approach to supporting staff with disabilities Checking that everybody understands what constitutes disability The process for making a disability disclosure What is reasonable adjustment and how can an individual request this? The …

Spotlight on Emma Weston- Associate Professor in Food Science

On this blog we are publishing career profiles that spotlight colleagues in the School of Biosciences. This week Emma Weston, Associate Professor in Food Science, speaks about her unconventional route to her current role. . What was your career pathway leading to your current role? After finishing my Master’s degree I still did not know …

The role of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the School of Biosciences

It was pointed out recently that the role of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee, might not be clear to everybody. What do we do? Why do we even exist? We thought it might help to give you an overview of what was done over the last few years, what we are up to …

Core Values in Biosciences

The School of Biosciences has recently gone through an exercise of generating a Behavioural Charter to be followed by all of our staff and visitors to the School. Although initiating the process of generating the Charter was an idea that came out of our Leadership Team, the document isn’t something that we have written as …

Spotlight on Christie Siettou- Assistant Professor in Agriculture

    In the latest of our profiles of career pathways of colleagues in the School of Biosciences, Dr Christie Siettou, Assistant Professor in Agriculture, speaks about her academic development and the challenges that she has hurdled on her way to her role in the School. What was your career pathway leading to your current …

Addressing the leaky pipeline- how can we retain and develop women in Biosciences

The analogy of a leaky pipeline is often used when discussing the loss of highly talented women from the Higher Education environment. In virtually every science, technology and mathematics department in the UK the story is always the same, with the proportion of women at each level in the academic hierarchy getting progressively smaller. The …

Our Women In Biosciences Campaign

In the School of Biosciences we are very conscious of a ‘leaky pipeline’ of progression of women from undergraduate student up to professor. The students joining our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are predominantly female (around two thirds) and 54% of our postdocs and research associates are women, but by the time we get to academic …