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.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Webinar – Stepping away from the lab, Thursday 27 July, 12.45–13.30pm

The IOP invites you to the webinar – Stepping away from the lab
Thursday 27 July, 12.45–13.30pm  
Are you a female physics PhD or postdoc who knows a career in academia isn’t for you but are unsure what to do next? Then this webinar is for you.
Aimed at female physics early-career researchers who want to stay in physics but move outside academia, it will focus on the what employers look for and how to apply this criteria to your applications. By the end of the webinar you will also understand your career aspirations and values in order to develop your career goals with increased confidence.
Webinar outline: The 45-minute webinar will focus on and cover the following topics:
* Non-academic roles available for physics researchers
* Where to find support (developmental research staff, careers services and the IOP)
* What employers are looking for
* Effective communication skills for any situation
* Building your networks to find out more
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact:  
Vishanti Fox
Careers & CPD Manager
Institute of Physics
76 Portland Place

Many Congratulations to Athena Livesey for gaining one of the top five places in the We are the City Female Future Pipeline Rising Star Awards...

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Female academics do more admin than their male colleagues

Female academics do significantly more internal administrative work than their male counterparts, according to an analysis of surveys performed at US institutions. Carried out by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Indiana University, the study found that the gender imbalance is highest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. While such internal work is vital for the day-to-day running of institutions, it is less valuable for promotions and salary increases than research and teaching, possibly hindering female career progression.

In one survey, which included 6875 tenure and tenure-track faculty at 140 US institutions, female academics reported spending, on average, 0.6 hours more per week than males on admin. The researchers also looked at 2012 data from a mandatory performance reporting system at two campuses belonging to a large public university. Covering 1378 faculty, it showed that women perform 12.4 admin activities per year, while men do just 10.9. In STEM subjects, women reported performing three more admin activities per year than men, compared with 2.5 for liberal arts and 0.3 for social sciences.

Read more here