University of Nottingham EDI Away Day

Over the summer I attended a University wide Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Away Day at UP so thought I would share some of what was covered and my thoughts going forward. Professor Marion Walker was standing down as Associate PVC for EDI. Marion has been very positive about moving the University forward in relation …

Athena SWAN reflections- the leak in the Biosciences pipeline starts early

The STEM Pipeline is a term that is used to described the progression of women through the educational system in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and their subsequent progression to senior academic posts. The metaphor of a leaky pipeline is used to describe the drop out of women from this progression, which ultimately leads to …

Spotlight on Dov Stekel

What was your career pathway leading to your current role? My early career – between completing my PhD (1997) and having my first academic job (Lecturer at University of Birmingham in 2004) – was not conventional. After my PhD, I didn’t do a PostDoc, but got a job in R&D in a large pharmaceutical company …

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 …

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 …

Transgender and young people- my experience

For the first 48 years of my life I led a very sheltered life with no knowledge or understanding of LGBTQ issues. I was, of course, entirely tolerant of LGBTQ lifestyles as I try and live a life that is free of prejudice on the grounds of anyone’s religion, gender or sexual orientation. Then my …