A clearer vision for women in science

Are you a female engineer? Or scientist? Or programmer? Then there’s the possibility that your gender will affect the way you are treated in the workplace at some point in your career.

Women are still under-represented in the fields of science, engineering and technology across education and industry.  And those working in these areas can experience discrimination at all levels — from PhD researcher to professor and department head.

Which is why WinSET — Women in Science, Engineering and Technology — exists at the University.  The group champions women in the SET subjects, highlighting the issues they face and offering guidance and support.

WinSET will hold its annual conference, this year entitled ‘Addressing the imbalance: women in science, engineering and technology’, on Monday
30 June.

The keynote speakers are Baroness Brenda Dean, honorary president of WinSET, and Sarah Dickinson, Policy Manager at Athena SWAN.

Baroness Dean will reflect on her career and talk about the University’s progress in the context of WinSET. Sarah Dickinson will give an overview of Athena SWAN and the challenges it faces. She’ll also talk about how international campuses, such as Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus, can act as a test case for Athena SWAN.

The speakers will be followed by discussions on issues from parental leave and career breaks to promotion and managing challenging situations. The issues raised will be used to shape the WinSET group’s work over the coming year.

Visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/winset for more information and to sign up for the conference.

The keynote talks and main discussion points will be live tweeted from the Research Exchange Twitter account
www.twitter.com/UoNresearch. So if you can’t attend, send your thoughts and questions using the #WinSET14 hashtag.

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