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Current activities in NMS

The Faculty are committed to to supporting women in STEM in order to address the current imbalance of women working and studying in these areas.  NMS works closely with the College wide Diversity & Inclusion objectives and the Athena SWAN Charter.  This is beneficial to all - both male and female, students and staff, academic and professional services.

Faculty Equality & Diversity Committee

This committee was formed to drive forward the Faculty's ambitions regarding equality and inclusion for all staff and students.

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN is a charter which recognises excellence in commitment to gender equality.  NMS received a Bronze Athena Swan award in September 2014 and will be working on submitting further applications in 2017.

Project Juno

The Faculty is a supporter of the Institute of Physics (IOP) Juno Project and the Department of Physics were awarded Juno Practitioner status in February 2015 and are currently working towards Champion status. Juno aims to recognise and reward departments that demonstrate actions to address the under-representation of women in higher education physics

Ada Lovelace Day & Women in Science Week

Ada Lovelace Day is our flagship event, taking place each October the day aims to address the problem of there being far too few women in STEM subjects and invites others to talk about their experiences.

Gender Equality Student Fund

The Faculty seeks to encourage our students to engage in gender equality issues and as such provides the opportunity to apply for funds for initiatives and activities which support the promotion of gender equality in STEM fields.

Women in Science Scholarships

Each year the Faculty offer a number of scholarships to new female students as part of our commitment to increasing the representation of female students studying STEM subjects.

Student Societies & activities

In 2015, WiSTEM (Women in STEM) and Women in Physics were formed.  Both work to provide a support network for women studying and working in STEM disciplines.  

Unconscious Bias workshops

Each year a number of unconscious bias sessions are organised for our staff and students aimed at exploring the biases we all have and how to manage them in different situations.

Equality & Diversity Progress Update

Listed below is a summary of the key developments in relation to the implementation of the Faculty's Athena SWAN Bronze award action plan. During 2017/18 the Faculty and departments will continue to build on the action plans developed as part of their Athena SWAN/Juno submissions and continue to embed their work through all aspects of day to day activity. 

  • Carers’ Career Development Fund, to help parents and carers attend career development events outside of their normal working hours.
  • Improved and extended support and feedback around the academic promotion process has been developed as well as greater visibility and transparency for personal development and career opportunities
  • A programme of inclusive social events (picnic, coffee & cake mornings etc) has been introduced for staff across the Faculty including lunches for new staff members. These events provide staff with an opportunity to meet and socialise.
  • All research events (including seminars) and committee meetings are held within core hours where possible.
  • All staff involved in recruitment must attend Unconscious Bias training and all interview panels are expected to be as diverse as possible.
  • The Faculty have a number of initiatives to encourage student engagement.  The Gender Equality Student Fund to provide assistance for relevant activities and the Ada Lovelace Prize which recognises student contributions to gender equality run each academic year.
  • Each spring we receive a large number of applications for our Women in Science scholarships which is part of our commitment to increasing the representation of female students studying STEM subjects.
  • An annual event takes place to encourage more students, women and men to consider research careers
Achievements & Initiatives
  • The Faculty have achieved both Athena SWAN bronze & Juno practitioner status (for the Department of Physics). This is independent recognition of our gender equality work, which includes an analysis of culture and practices in the Faculty and an action plan devised to highlight the areas the Faculty will be working on.
  • The Faculty is committed to achieving a Gender balance in our seminars, lecture series and event speakers where possible. Guidelines are available and the balance will be monitored.
  • code of conduct for events has been produced to ensure a welcoming, safe and productive environment is provided for all who attend our events.
  • Events take place throughout the academic year to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by under-represented groups with events such as Women in Science Week and annual Ada Lovelace Day
  • A photo frieze and social media campaign aims at celebrating women in science, past and present.

Get involved!

If you are interested in finding out more or getting involved in the work NMS are doing please get in touch!

Lucy Ward

Faculty Equality & Diversity Coordinator



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