Teaching- an EDI perspective

I offered to review the University of Nottingham Annual Teaching and Learning Conference in May from an equality and diversity perspective. Teaching is a large part of what we do in Biosciences and involves a large proportion of our stakeholders, taught students.  The Teaching and Learning Conference provides a welcome opportunity to stop, reflect on …

Spotlight on Professor Debbie Sparkes

What was your career pathway leading to your current role? After completing my PhD here at Sutton Bonington with Prof Keith Scott, I was appointed as Lecturer in Agronomy in 1995 on a 4 year contract. This was funded by Keith’s external work with ADAS (an independent provider of agricultural and environmental research and consultancy)and was …

A new year of Biosciences EDI activity

2019 is well under way and I have been reflecting on where we are going as a School in relation to addressing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) issues in our community. A couple of people have said to me in the last couple of weeks that it is time that we stopped just talking about …

Celebrating the work of technicians

    Five years ago the words “Technical Restructuring” were muttered around the School and so began a new phase in my career as a technician at Sutton Bonington (I would say School of Biosciences but the School has had so many names whilst I have been here). For those who maybe unaware I started …

Staff profile: experiences of being disabled and trans at the University of Nottingham

Could you tell us a bit more about yourself and your current role My name is Sarah Stephenson-Hunter and I’ve been at the University of Nottingham since September 2009. I work as a Disability Adviser, part of the Accessibility Team in Specialist Services.  Throughout my time at the University I’ve always had a keen interest …

Assistive technologies and academic support

Background – how I got here I trained as an English teacher and taught abroad for several years before coming back to the UK and moving intoA-level and GCSE English teaching. Then I moved to West Wales and discovered that you can only really teach English if you can speak Welsh. I decided to train …

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 …