Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the diversity of all staff in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and aims to address gender, race and sexual orientation inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of certain groups in senior roles.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Girls Network

Could you mentor and support a female pupil from a disadvantaged background from one of the city’s Schools?
The Girls’ Network is a charity which provides girls with mentorship from professional women with the aim of developing their confidence and aspirations. They have approached the University about expanding from their London base into Portsmouth and are looking for female volunteers.
If you would like to know more, please come to a meeting to see the Portsmouth Co-ordinator for the charity on Tuesday 15 July at 1.00pm – venue will be confirmed nearer the time, and please let Rebecca Bunting know if you will be attending, so further details can be forwarded to you.
For more information please visit or contact Rebecca Bunting on or 023 9284 3404.

From the UoP Staff Essentials page.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

In the news

Uprooting researchers can drive them out of science - Nature, 18 June 2014
BY: Russell Garwood

Many people have to move jobs and homes to build their careers. Relocation is a common disruption, sometimes desired and sometimes not. But how many careers demand that people move every few years, as science does? In how many other fields are promising recruits — who often already have a decade’s education behind them — expected to uproot their families and move repeatedly for the best part of another decade?

Read more here.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Athena Swan Committee Meeting

Dear all,

The Athena Swan committee members of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth will meet again on the 19th of June. Any staff member interested in participating, please feel free to attend. The meeting details and agenda are:   

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Portsmouth
  Athena Swan Committee Meeting

19th June 2014, 10.30 - 11.30 am, Room BB 1.16, Burnaby Building, SEES

 1. Brief introduction to the actions proposed and undertaken since last meeting

2. Review of statistical data

3. Review of draft application document edited so far

4. Review the SEES Athena Swan blog activity

5.  AOB

6. Date and venue of next committee meeting

Monday, 2 June 2014

In the news

'Yes, All Men' - NY Times Opinion, 2 June 2014

As I drove my son back to college last week, where he’ll take a summer chemistry course, he said something that struck me: “I believe it’s very important for everyone to be a feminist.”

Read more here.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

In the news

'How to Get Girls Into Coding' - NY Times Sunday Review, 1 June 2014

In the news

'Why You Hate Work' - NY Times Sunday Review, 1 June 2014