STEMM-CHANGE: The Changemaker Placement Programme for Technicians – applications now open

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 to take part in the scheme are now open. Further details are available in the Changemaker Placement Programme flyer and application forms can be found here.

Applications should be returned to the STEMM-CHANGE team no later than 5pm on Monday 2 March 2020.

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January 22nd, 2020 at 2:26 pm

Paul Millns

Please could you tell me how the different groups with protected characteristics are represented in the different schools and departments at different technical levels. Are you measuring the representation as a ratio of the work force or of the population in general.

Is the STEMM-CHANGE Changemaker Placement Programme for Technicians scheme a response to a real problem or a perceived one? Hopefully if you have the facts and figure you will be able answer this question.

January 23rd, 2020 at 11:22 am

Cyrus M

Hi Paul. You can find more information that should hopefully answer your questions here: – Just click on the link that will take you to the EDI: A Technician’s Lens paper. Thanks, hope that helps.

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