Kathryn Ayscough discusses creating a culture of inclusivity and opportunity in Biomedical Science

Kathryn Ayscough discusses creating a culture of inclusivity and opportunity in Biomedical Science

Professor Kathryn Ayscough is someone who is on a mission to create opportunities and ensure they are available to everyone. Since becoming Head of the Department of Biomedical Science (BMS) at the University of Sheffield in 2016 she has been creating staff structures and working patterns that are allowing more people to get involved in developing the department’s teaching and research activities. She is also […]

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Women’s network shares expertise with others

The University’s women’s network, Women@TUOS NET, has put together a good practice guide to help similar organisations at other institutions. Women’s Networks in Academia: Practical Advice for Positive Impact was put together while Dr Rhonda Snook from Animal and Plant Sciences was chair of Women@TUOS NET. It gives practical tips on how to set up a women’s network in academia, from getting critical grassroots support and understanding members’ […]

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City’s branch of ScienceGrrl announce free inaugural lecture

A group dedicated to diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics has announced its first public lecture event. The Sheffield branch of national grassroots organisation ScienceGrrl will be celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with their inaugural lecture, ‘Science Is For Everyone!’ on Wednesday 8 October. The University of Sheffield’s Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon will be speaking at the event. As Professor of Enterprise and Engineering Education, she has […]

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Leading scientists launch new lectures to celebrate diversity

Two leading academics visited Animal and Plant Sciences to launch a new annual celebration of diversity in the biology community. The Annual Margaret Savigear Lectures were set up by the department’s Athena SWAN committee. The aim is to make the diversity of biologists more visible, and so two prominent female researchers were invited to speak. Jeanine Olsen, Professor and Head of the Department of Marine Benthic […]

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Sheffield joins campaign to promote gender quality in STEM

The University of Sheffield has joined a campaign led by the Chancellor to boost participation in technology and engineering careers among women. The ‘Your Life’ initiative brings together government, businesses, professional bodies and leading educational institutions who are all working to improve opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The University has already demonstrated its long-term commitment to boosting the numbers of […]

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Equality awards for five departments

Five departments in the Faculty of Science have earned major awards for their work on gender equality. Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Physics and Astronomy, and the School of Mathematics and Statistics are among eight University of Sheffield departments recognised by Athena SWAN today. The five in science have been given Bronze Awards by the organisation, which monitors academic institutions to ensure that their employment […]

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SALTs encourage science students to ‘aspire for higher’

The University’s Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching (SALT) scheme provides students with the opportunity to influence and enhance learning and teaching in their Faculty, through an academic year long project. Below, the Faculty of Science SALTs explain the work they’ve been doing to raise the career aspirations of science students, with a particular focus on gender-related issues. “The Faculty of Science SALTs’ project is […]

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Tell us why you like working here, find out what our female academics have to say

Staff in the Faculty of Science are being encouraged to fill in a survey which will help departments attract the best staff from across the diversity spectrum. The Talent Attraction and Development Survey has been put together on behalf of the Faculty’s Equality and Diversity Committee. It is a chance for staff to think about whey they applied to work here, what they enjoy about it and […]

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Women in STEM celebrated for Ada Lovelace Day

Women in the Faculty of Science are being celebrated today as part of Ada Lovelace Day – a national celebration aimed at raising the profile of women working in STEM subjects across the globe. Often described as the world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace was a leading 19th century mathematician and daughter of the poet Lord Byron. She left a lasting legacy as a role […]

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