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Gender Equality Student Fund

The Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences is actively working to support women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to address the current imbalance of women working and studying in these areas. In 2013, the NMS Women in Science Initiative was established to assess, address and challenge the inequities women and those that identify as women face in their academic careers.

The Gender Equality Student Fund is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) students in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences (NMS). Individual students or groups of students may apply to the Fund for grants of up to £200 for student initiatives and activities that support the promotion of gender equality in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

What can you apply for?

Awards will be made to individuals or groups of undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research students who have proposed innovative projects, activities or events that promote gender equality in STEM.

Some examples of how grants may be used:

  • Organisation of events that raise awareness of, and encourage discussion of, the issues relating to the under-representation of women in STEM.
  • Participation or attendance at educational conferences, seminars or excursions aligned to the promotion of gender equality in STEM.
  • Small equipment purchases or organisational costs to support outreach activities aimed at encouraging more girls to consider a career in STEM.

How to apply

To apply to the Fund please complete and submit the application form to Lucy.ward@kcl.ac.uk.

All applications must be submitted to lucy.ward@kcl.ac.uk by midnight Tuesday 19 March 2019 to be considered.

Further information

if you have any questions regarding this fund or the process, please refer to the guidelines for applicants, or contact lucy.ward@kcl.ac.uk

If you are planning on running an event then you should be aware of the Faculty's code of conduct for events.

Previous winners 

2017

KCL Women In Leadership Society

KCL Women in Leadership has had a successful first year after launch. The aim of our society is to provide a platform where women can come and learn from others in leadership roles. It’s a platform where one can be inspired and learn valuable skills required of being a good leader. The society aims for students to learn these necessary skills whilst still studying, such that they are then applicable at any later point in their careers. We have hosted a variety of events over the year to provide our members with diversity. From each event, we received feedback and acted upon this for our future events. The feedback is summarized in Figure 1.

The last event ‘Women for Women’ was a culmination of our hard work, and all the feedback from the previous two events was put into making this our best event which is effectively reflected within the feedback too. ‘Women for Women’ was a panel discussion hosted by us with notable female professors from across King’s. We ensured representation covered the varied fields King’s teaches and had three female professors from the sciences and three from social sciences/humanities. The discussion was based around their own experiences and achievements and any advice they could offer us as aspiring women. 91% of attendees agreed what they had heard would be applicable in future careers. The panel discussion later led to an informal networking event, where attendees had the opportunity to talk directly with the speakers, and this was very well received.

Our aim was to put all our previous event feedback into making this event the best one. Our funding allowed us to provide handouts, highlighting key information on the speakers to everyone, and refreshments; both of which were mentioned as areas of improvements previously. Our main focus for the event was to maximise our exposure through advertising and we successfully achieved this having sold over 100 tickets. Our last event has really shown our future potential and the positive impact we have had on the King’s Student body community in the short time in which we have established ourselves, and we aim to continue this momentum. The feedback given by attendees was that the event was ‘inspiring, useful, and (an) insightful discussion’. One of the professors, Dr Helen Coulshed, also later tweeted ‘it was a very inspirational event’.

Another achievement this year has been the launch of our official website at the end of March made possible through the funding we received. The funding also allowed to us to expand our advertising methods. We aim to be innovative and creative with advertising to raise our profile at campus. We came up with the initiative to hand out flowers at Strand on International Women’s Day, raising awareness about the day, our society, whilst also promoting our ‘Women for Women’ event. We have always thrived to be a bit different from all the other societies, and felt this personal touch was unique. This was a very rewarding experience for the committee members and we received a lot of positive feedback simply handing these out, and were able to talk to people about society as well.

Our activities have provided King’s the platform where leadership and challenges faced can be discussed in a semi-formal environment for the benefit of students. We learnt to work with the challenges we were presented with as a team to achieve the results we did for the final event. This was all made possible with our funding and dedicated committee.

Figure 1. Summary Feedback Table

 

Event 1

Event 2

Event 3

Overall Assessment

85% satisfaction

62% satisfaction

92% satisfaction

Met Expectations

85% yes

38% yes

100% yes

Will be applicable in future work of attendee

69% yes

62% yes

91% yes

All further information on the society and the committee can we found on our website: www.kclwil.com

 

KCL Tech 

Feminism, Gender Equality and Diversity in the STEM industry

KCL Tech Women in STEM event – 21/03/18

At the end of March, a few days before the end of the semester, the KCL Tech student society organised a Women in STEM event with the collaboration of the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences to celebrate the work and the accomplishments of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

The event consisted of four Ted-style talks by accomplished women in the industry with the aim to raise awareness on the current gender inequality situation. With the support of the department, KCL Tech promoted the event with marketing materials and ensured the event ran smoothly offering snacks to attendees and speakers.

The first speaker of the day, Merve from Simply Business, discussed her experience as a Woman in Tech stressing her passion about coding, despite her BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics and her MSc in pharmacology from Oxford University. She discussed the importance of knowledge sharing in the tech community. An interesting aspect she mentioned was around the fact that “in tech, you learn something every day”, thus why she is so passionate about it. Attendees showed a lot of interest in an argument she drew up between the concept of Diversity (i.e. creating a mix of religions, gender, sexual orientations and ethnic backgrounds) an Inclusion. Merve defined Inclusion as “making the mix created by diversity work” and she stated that there has been a lot of progress on the development of diversity in STEM companies but there is still a lot of work to do on Inclusion.

The second speaker, Florentina Sandor, from printing company Moo focused on the topic of leadership in the workplace. She demonstrated the notions she learned during her MBA on how Leadership is a mix of a good IQ, emotional intelligence and how it is deeply dependant on the context of the team the individual is in. She mentioned the importance of being confident to become a leader, something that minorities often lack and she gave the audience useful advice about how to find a mentor and an inspiring role model.

 

2015 & 2016

KCL Tech

Techference 2016

Again bringing together people from industry and academic, Techference 2016 aimed to promote diversity in all forms.  It included a talk about women in STEM and it's influences at King's, insights into women in Tech and experiences as female international students.

Women in Tech 2015

Techference 2015 was on Women in Tech and featured a talk on this topic given by Computer Science undergraduate students Maria Vrabie and Ana Jalba. They presented the achievements of some remarkable women in technology, and also talked about their own experience as women in tech, as students.

 

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