January 14th, 2020
Applications to take part in the STEMM-CHANGE Changemaker Placement Programme for Technicians are now open.
The STEMM-CHANGE project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and aims to drive a positive change in culture and practices in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).
The project takes a team science approach and is unique in that it acknowledges the diversity of the roles of staff that contribute to the research effort.
STEMM-CHANGE is highlighting the equality, diversity and inclusion challenges facing technicians and designing and testing ways to address these challenges in order to advance EDI for all.
As part of the project, STEMM-CHANGE has developed an innovative and bespoke Changemaker Placement Programme, built specifically for technical colleagues from underrepresented and minority groups.
The programme will offer up to 30 placements, between 1-5 days in length, over a period of months (on a flexible basis) to technicians from across the consortium to enable them to shadow senior colleagues.
Activities include observing colleagues in leadership positions, learning new skills (both technical and transferable) and exposure to discussions on careers and opportunities in order to broaden horizons and demonstrate achievable career paths.
Technical colleagues can shadow and link with other technical staff or those from other career paths in senior leadership positions from our project partners within higher education, industry and beyond.
In 2019, the STEMM-CHANGE project piloted a number of placements and would now like to extend the opportunity to technical colleagues across the consortium.
Applications are welcome from technical colleagues at any level and discipline and who are from an underrepresented and/or minority group.
The project aims to create opportunities for all minority groups and see a particular need to create spaces for the following consistently underrepresented groups within technical management and leadership teams:
• Female colleagues
• Disabled colleagues
• Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) colleagues
Applications should be returned to the STEMM-CHANGE team no later than 5pm on Monday 2 March 2020.
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