Athena SWAN Penryn Campus
I became Head of Department in August 2014 but started my teaching career here a decade ago when the campus first opened. As a parent of young children with a female partner who is an Associate Professor in the department, I have carefully observed the inception and subsequent mainstreaming of our Athena SWAN process and the profound positive changes that have resulted since our Bronze and Silver award (awarded in 2013 and 2015).
Athena SWAN offers us a real opportunity to promote career development and an improved working environment for all of our female staff and students. We will build our extant achievements and keep Athena SWAN at our core, ensuring that we are not complacent about outstanding issues.
Brendan Godley, Professor of Conservation Science
This Penryn-based group is dedicated to progressing equality and diversity related issues and promoting best practice. Our aims are to increase awareness and communication of the Athena SWAN Charter and to make changes to improve the CLES Cornwall working environment.
The group meets once a month to discuss Athena SWAN related issues, as well as creating our own initiatives. Our meetings are open, so if you would like to attend please get in touch, we also provide a friendly first point of contact for anyone wishing to know more or to raise any issues.
Current working initiatives include
- Monthly coffee mornings to provide a time to socialise during core hours, to disseminate information and to provide a more informal forum to discuss ideas and issues. Everyone is welcome (and actively encouraged) to attend coffee mornings.
- Creating a starter pack and developing a welcoming system for new members of the department.
Download the Welcome pack (.pdf).
- Bridging the gap between the department and the Athena SWAN Panel
If you want to get in touch please feel free to contact the group directly CLESEDWG@exeter.ac.uk or view our members’ list below if you’d prefer to contact a specific individual.
|Ruth Archer||C.Archer@exeter.ac.uk||Associate Research Fellow|
|Thomas Bodey||T.W.Bodey@exeter.ac.uk||Research Fellow|
|Daniela Farina||D.Farina@exeter.ac.uk||Research Technician|
|Nicole Goodey||N.A.Goodey@exeter.ac.uk||Associate Research Fellow|
|Cecily Goodwin||C.Goodwin@exeter.ac.uk||PhD Researcher|
|Jenni McDonald||J.McDonald@exeter.ac.uk||Associate Research Fellow|
|Chloe Mnatzaganianfirstname.lastname@example.org||MRes student|
|Elisa Schaum||C.L.Schaum@exeter.ac.uk||Associate Research Fellow|
|MD Sharma||M.D.Sharma@exeter.ac.uk||Research Fellow
WiSTEMM stands for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine. The network’s core aim is to encourage more women to enter and develop careers in science, engineering, and medicine. The network is directly linked to the Athena SWAN Charter, which aims to advance the careers of women in STEMM academia and beyond; CLES Cornwall was awarded a Silver award in April 2015.
Who is it for?
Although the network was originally designed primarily to support women, it aims to facilitate equality and diversity in general. It is, therefore open to all students from CLES, CEMPS and UEMS based at the University of Exeter in Cornwall (Penryn and Truro). Monthly guest speakers will be arranged for the third Wednesday of every month at the Penryn Campus.
How do I get involved?
The Network meets regularly so that members can hear from each other, participate in tutorials and workshops, and hear from inspiring visiting speakers. Our most recent guest was the Marshall Scholar Ophelia Jackson, who celebrated International Women's Day with us by discussing her interdisciplinary STEMM work, her outreach activities, and her experiences with equality and diversity in STEMM. If you are interested in finding out about future activities, or would like to propose an event, please contact Sophie Sinclair-Brown and make sure to join the WiSTEMM Facebook page.
WiSTEMM Network Scholarship
The WiSTEMM Network is pleased to announce the availability of merit-based funding designed to support applicants' efforts to further their careers in STEMM. You can apply for the scholarship if you are pursuing a STEMM-focused University of Exeter degree and would like to engage in a developmental activity (e.g., conference attendence, networking opportunity, visit to industry parter) that cannot be funded by other University means. There is a rolling deadline, so you can apply at any time, but keep in mind that the funding is finite.
To apply for a WiSTEMM Network Scholarship, please email Dr Caitlin Kight with the following details:
- Your name, degree programme, and year of study
- Information on how much funding you need, what you plan to use it for, and why you cannot find alternative funding elsewhere
- Details on how/why the activity you're pursuing will advance your STEMM goals
- A description of how your experience can be used to help others (e.g., Will you give a presentation to the WiSTEMM Network once you return? Will you write up the experience in a student blog? Will you live tweet the event? Will you apply the knowledge gained during student society activities?)
We look forward to receiving your applications and helping you further your STEMM goals!
Signing up to the following mailing lists is useful for keeping up to date with current research, events, best practice and policies relating to Equality and Diversity and Athena SWAN.
Athena SWAN JISC mailing list
The Athena SWAN’s JISC mailing list is useful for both learning from and informing individuals and institutions involved in the Athena SWAN Process about the research, events, and initiatives your Department and/or your Institution has been involved in. You can subscribe via emailing the Athena SWAN team.
The Equality Challenge Unit’s Equality Link newsletter: Equalitylink - This is a monthly round-up of equality and diversity news, resources and ECU’s work with the sector. You can subscribe here.
For Geographers, you can also sign up to the Geographer’s Athena SWAN Jisc mailing list. You can subscribe here.
Subscribing to the Gov.UK Equality Policy email alerts gives you regular updates to national changes in policy and information on ‘what the government’s doing about equality’. You can subscribe here.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE):
Sign up to getSET, the monthly newsletter from WISE.
Newsletters and Blogs
- University of Exeter Athena SWAN website
- Women in STEM: four steps to a stronger Athena Swan application (Guardian)
CLES guidelines for the support of staff taking maternity, maternity support/paternity, adoption, parental or carer related leave:
- CLES Management Guidelines for the support of staff taking up leave and flexible working opportunities
Psychology Athena SWAN Guidelines for the arrangement of pop-up nurseries for events outside of core hours
Creating Cultural Change
Gender equality in STEM articles
- 6 steps to gender equality (short free e-book)
- How to get more women professors: success at the top of the world!
- Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favour male students
- Attrition of Women in the Biological Sciences: Workload, Motherhood, and Other Explanations Revisited
- 5 suggestions to the Norwegian government about women professors
- Addressing gender imbalances in Animal Conservation
- 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
- Male Bosses Need to Speak Up for Gender Balance
- Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried
- The chemistry PhD: the impact on women’s retention
- Advancing Women in Science and Technology is Critical for Innovation
Rethinking Language and Visual Representations
Gender in Recruitment
- Evidence that gendered wording in job advertisements exists and sustains gender inequality
- How to diversity recruitment: including using Texico software and the Kat Matfield Gender Decoder