Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Friday, 28 November 2014

In the news - so many choices!

What a day - news stories from all corners reporting on everything from creating a happier workforce to recognising women's efforts to the effect of going through an Athena SWAN application from someone who thought he was doing all the right things.

Women who helped crack the Enigma code and create the first computers at Bletchley Park, including Joyce Wheeler, one of the first academics to use the Edsac computer, would have been thrilled to see the rebuilt Edsac being turned on today at the Museum of Computing.

Dr Tom Solomon, whose department recently applied for an Athena SWAN award, discusses how the process opened his eyes to the need to support and celebrate women in science and technology.

Researchers from Andalusia have considered the effect of postdoctoral mobility requirements on a cohort of 5000 PhD holders, with a particular emphasis on variations between disciplines and eventual career outcomes for men and women.

For those who doubt the impact those in leadership positions can have on those working under them, this report documents how small changes can have a dramatic effect on interpersonal relationships.

A talk by Prof. Michelle Ryan (Exeter/Groningen) in Glasgow on 3 December, entitled 'How to help women into leadership roles,' will argue that current organisational solutions focus on time and flexible working practices, which may do little to address gender imbalances and may even make them worse.

And finally, UoP senior lecturer Claire Sambrook has won the Woman of the Year award, organised by local newspaper The News.

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