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 …

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 …

Trans Awareness- the basics training session

On 7 February 2018, more than 100 UoN staff attended Trans Awareness – The Basics training run by Gendered Intelligence at the University Park Campus.  There were a number of simple-but-important take-home messages about language and terminology and best practice.  The training first addressed the question of what is a trans person? and established that …

Academic work-life balance: Can it be achieved

    Sadly, academic life is not how we see it portrayed in film and television dramas. Academics do not spend their time drinking sherry in wood-paneled office suites, thinking deeply, occasionally having an intense tutorial with a solitary student and leaping out of bathtubs shouting ‘Eureka!’ The truth is that the modern academic has …