Equality and Diversity
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.
Congratulations to Prof. Polly Arnold who has been awarded an OBE for services to Chemistry and Women in STEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The list was released on Friday night, recognising more than 1,000 people for commitment to public service.
A fantastic achievement!
Congratulations to Dr Stephen Moggach, the winner of the Head of College prize for Inclusion and Diversity.
Stephen has been recognised for his work in organising our Athena Swan submissions over the last few years and leads our Equality and Diversity Team.
Prof. Lesley Yellowlees, Head of the College of Science and Engineering, congratulated the winners, saying "The calibre of the applications was simply outstanding which presented the judges with quite a challenge to choose a winner."
Today is Ada Lovelace Day and Prof. Polly Arnold has written an article for the Dangerous Women Project talking about her Chemical Imbalance book and short film. She also discusses why it's dangerous to shy away from the word "feminism".
Prof. Arnold reflects on the ways we can improve equality in the workplace using four key action points.
Professor Polly Arnold will attend a symposium at the University of Sussex on the 10th of September bringing together internationally renowned scientists with sixty A Level students from local schools to explore and celebrate the pioneering work of female scientists.
The equality and diversity team in the school recently hosted a visit from Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Youth and Women???s Employment.
Annabelle's visit was part of a programme of events recognising International Women???s Day (8th March 2016). Annabelle was interested in visiting chemistry to learn about our Gold Athena SWAN award, and we were delighted to show her around and chat to her about the positive impact our equality and diversity team has had on the school.
The School of Chemistry has become only the second ever recipient of an Athena SWAN Gold award. The award is given for excellence in the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology (SET). Athena SWAN requires award holders to put in place policies to promote equality in areas such as organisational culture, work-life balance and promotion policies.