Equality and Diversity
The School of Chemistry has had two applications to the RSC Inclusion and Diversity Fund approved.
Professor Polly Arnold has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.
Prof. Arnold has been recognised for her research focused on the design and synthesis of highly reactive f-block complexes that can activate inert small molecules such as carbon oxides, dinitrogen, and hydrocarbons, and that can provide fundamental information on structure and bonding at the bottom of the periodic table.
Professor Polly Arnold has been appointed as the new chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Inclusion and Diversity Committee. She will replace Professor Lesley Yellowlees in the role.
The Inclusion and Diversity Committee aims to increase diversity and inclusion across the chemical sciences and looks to achieve that through positive action rather than positive discrimination.
Professor Polly Arnold and Professor Lesley Yellowlees have been named among the 12 most important women in chemistry. The list was created by Compound Interest in honour of International Women's Day.
The list of current researchers is a counterpart to their list of famous women in the history of chemistry.
Professor Polly Arnold will appear on this week's Brainwaves programme on the BBC.
Brainwaves is a science programme broadcast weekly on BBC Radio Scotland. Polly will discuss her research into d- and f-block organometallic chemistry and dealing with nuclear waste. She will also talk about retaining and supporting women in STEM subjects through her SciSisters initiative.
Professor Polly Arnold has had an article published sharing her thoughts on what can be done to retain our female scientists.
With numbers dropping at every career stage Prof. Arnold talks about her Chemical Imbalance website, that deals with women in STEM subjects and some action points that can help recruit and retain the best scientists from the most diverse backgrounds.