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 …

Understanding non-binary gender

  When it comes to talking about gender, I recognise that many people can be turned off by the many new and ever-changing terms so here are a couple terms I will be using in this piece that you can refer back to: Non-Binary > NB > Enbie > Enby  –  Someone who doesn’t identify …

Spotlight on: Kirsten Whitehead, Chair of Biosciences EDI Committee

What was your career pathway leading to your current role? I started my career as a dietitian back in the 1980s. I worked in the NHS for over 20 years in a variety of roles, both hospital and community-based. I think including my current role I’ve had 11 different jobs. I’ve also managed to do …

Equality and Diversity in Biosciences

Welcome to the new blog site for Equality and Diversity (EDI) in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham. Here in the School we have a vision to be an outstanding place to work. At the heart of that vision is providing a culture in which all people feel valued, that their opinions …