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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.

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The Athena SWAN Conference, 17 May 2017
 



The Athena SWAN Conference, 27 April 2016

Outline programme:
1.00pm–1.20 pm: Registration
1.20pm–1.30 pm: Welcome
1.30pm–2.30 pm: Keynote talk 'Going For Gold: Just the beginning'  by Professor Welton followed by Q&A
2.30pm–3.00 pm: Break
3.00pm–4.00 pm: Successes at the University and the future of Athena SWAN. Includes talks from our successful departments with 'top-tips' and Prof David Andress, member of the University Self-Assessment Team, on what the extended charter for Athena SWAN means for Portsmouth.
4.00pm–4.30 pm: Q&A
When
Where
Eldon LT1.11 - University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom - View Map

The Athena SWAN Conference 2016 is rapidly approaching. This year it is 'Athena SWAN for all' and will focus on our successes, how a Gold Award department functions and discuss the way forward for Athena SWAN and what the enhanced process means for those academics and researchers working in non-STEM areas along with the inclusion of Professional and Support staff.
I would encourage as many as possible to attend.
Details of the event are included at the link:


 
Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference 
March 17 - 20,  2016, Oxford 

The University of Oxford is very pleased to host the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in the UK, which will take place in March 2016. The application site is now open at http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/confs/cuwip2016/ and closes on January 18, 2016.
The conference will start with a welcome reception on Thursday evening, March 17, 2016, and end Sunday afternoon, March, 20. It will bring together successful female physicists and 100 undergraduate women in physics to highlight career opportunities for women in physics and the contributions of women in physics. The meeting will provide ample opportunities for interacting with fellow physicists. The conference will include the following activities:

· Presentations by distinguished physicists on their cutting edge research and personal career paths;
· Panels offering guidance on the graduate school application process and featuring career opportunities outside academia;
· Workshops on effective assertiveness, how to take more control over challenging situations, careers confidence, and how to market oneself effectively;
· A tour of ISIS and the Central Laser Facility at RAL and several laboratories at the Department of Physics of the University of Oxford.

Lodging and meals at Lady Margaret Hall will be provided for participants who are accepted to the conference. Please send any questions regarding the CUWiP UK conference to cuwip@physics.ox.ac.uk.

This conference has been sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Institute of Physics (IOP), Ogden Trust, Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Winton Capital, Lady Margaret Hall, and the Physics Department of the University of Oxford.


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We are very pleased to announce the following very interesting and stimulating International Women's Day Lecture:

Title: Feminist Manifesto for Education and Higher Education - An International Women’s Day Lecture

Speaker:  Miriam E David, PhD, AcSS, FRSA, Professor Emerita of Education, Institute of Education, University of London

Background
Drawing on the stories of leading feminist educators from around the world and current evidence about gender equality in education, this talk will discuss how the feminist project to bring greater equality into women’s lives became an educational one. Current obstacles of neo-liberalism and academic capitalism make further changes more challenging.

Date:    Wednesday 4 March 2015
Time:    6-7pm, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH
Admission is free, but please reserve your place on Eventbrite

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 Athena SWAN Conference - Building Success


The University of Portsmouth's Annual Athena Swan Conference 2015

The Athena Swan Conference this year will be held on March 4th, from 1.30 pm in Eldon Lecture Theatre 1.11, with the theme ‘Building Success’. The Athena Swan scheme focusses on how HEIs can better promote the careers of women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Previous conferences have taken a theme from one of our STEM Faculties, Science in 2013 and Technology in 2014. This year the theme is taken from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and is based on architecture, construction and estates management.

The programme includes two very high profile external speakers. Jane Duncan, President Elect of the Royal Institute of British Architects, will be speaking on ‘Women in Architecture and Construction’.   Andrew Miller, Chair of the Parliamentary Science and Technology Select Committee will be addressing ‘How Universities can best improve career progression for women’.

The afternoon concludes with talks from Fiona Bell, the new Director of Estates and Campus Services at the University of Portsmouth, and an update on our Athena Swan action plan by Catherine Harper, Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Provisional Programme

University of Portsmouth's Athena SWAN Conference

Wednesday March 4th 2015
13.30 - 16.30
Eldon LT1.11
Time Speaker Title
1.30 - 1.45 Professor Graham Galbraith Welcome address
Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth
1.45 - 2.30 Jane Duncan 'Women in Architecture and Construction'
President Elect of the
Royal Institute of British Architects
2.30 - 3.15 Andrew Miller 'How Universitites Can Best Improve
Chair of the Parliamentary Career Progression for Women'
Science and Technology Select Committee
3.13 - 3.25 Jane Duncan and Andrew Miller Q & A
3.25 - 3.45 Tea break
3.45 - 4.15 Fiona Bell 'Leading in Estates Management'
Director of Estates and Campus Services,
University of Portsmouth
4.15 - 4.30 Professor Catherine Harper 'Athena SWAN at UoP: An Update'
Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries,
University of Portsmouth's Athena SWAN Sponsor

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Invitation to Prestige Lecture
and Presentation of the Karen Burt Award 2014

Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE ScD FRS FREng
'Toward a Silent Aircraft'   
On 29 October 2014 the Women's Engineering Society invites all guests to a Prestige Lecture given by Professor Ann Dowling DBE ScD FRS FREng followed by the presentation of the Karen Burt Award 2014 for best newly qualified chartered engineer.

Taking place at the IET, 1 Birdcage Walk, London, the event is free, but booking is required.
 
Professor Dowling, Patron of WES, will talk about her engineering research work giving a lecture entitled 'Towards a Silent Aircraft' and will also give some insights into her historic Presidency of the Royal Academy of Engineering as the first woman President.

Professor Dowling is Head of the Department of Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, where she is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and chair of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce. She has held visiting posts at MIT and at Caltech. Professor Dowling's research is on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, especially aircraft and cars.

Professor Dowling is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She has honorary  degrees from Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Kent and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. She has served on a number industry and government advisory committees. She is a non-executive director of BP plc and chairs their Technical Advisory Committee. She is also a non-executive member of the Board of the UK government's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

She took up Presidency of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2014 for a five year term.

Karen Burt Award 2014 
The Women's Engineering Society is delighted to announce the winner of the Karen Burt Award 2014 as the Institution of Engineering and Technology's candidate Elaine Greaney of Qinetiq. This prestigious annual award for a newly chartered woman engineer, now in its 16th year, recognises the candidate's excellence and potential in the practice of engineering, highlights the importance of Chartered status, as well as offering recognition to contributions made by the candidate to the promotion of the engineering profession.    

Elaine Greaney is a lead Systems Engineer for Qinetiq, working on electric systems for spaceflight. One of the projects that Elaine is proud to have worked on is the thruster design for the European Space Agency's mission to send a spacecraft to the planet Mercury in 2016, where she worked with a team of six engineers. Elaine's ambition is to be the lead engineer for a large spacecraft mission. She is also a keen promoter of engineering to the next generation, and regularly acts as a role model at STEM careers events at local schools and events organised by the IET.

Elaine says of winning the award "I am honoured to receive this award that recognises the achievements of female engineers, and I hope to use the support of the WES to publicise the number of exciting science and engineering career opportunities available to young people. I would also like to thank my employer QinetiQ for the opportunities that I have received during my career so far, and for their continued support with my outreach activities."

The Women's Engineering Society has a number of different mechanisms for supporting women in engineering, and through this award it recognises the importance of ensuring that women  gain professional recognition of their achievements as early in their career as possible.

Linda Maynard, chair of the judges said "The candidates for the Karen Burt Award 2014 were of the usual exceptional standard with three nominees scoring very similar marks with the four judges. Elaine however proved to just have the edge and the judges were unanimous in considering her a very worthy winner of the award."

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Career Development Programme for Women in STEM


Support for women in middle management to move on to the next level
This is a 4 day course spread over 3 months
Delivered by Skills 4 and hosted by Siemens in Manchester 




4 day course
Monday 6th Oct 2014
Wednesday 19th Nov 2014
Wednesday 14th Jan 2015
Thursday 15th Jan 2015

Day One:  Future focussed – access current strengths & achievements & create a targeted action plan
Day Two: Confident Communication – explore conscious bias –learn techniques for creating & delivering powerful presentations
Day Three: Authentic You – Explore importance of image, visibility & effective networking on career progression – Gain skills & confidence to showcase knowledge & achievements that they have to offer their organisation
Day Four: Presentation Delivery – Opportunity to consolidate learning from day two through delivery of a pre-prepared presentation – Hear from an inspirational senior WISE speaker

Cost
The cost of the course is £1000 + VAT
WISE members - £950 + VAT
(Find out more and book a place here)

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Aurora Programme 2014/15

 
Female members of staff are once again invited to apply for the Aurora Programme 2014/15, run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
The programme is run by women for women and draws on successful women from higher education and other sectors as speakers and role models, to share their experiences and knowledge about the world of work and career development.
Ten of our female members of staff took part in the 2013/14 programme and had this to say about their experience: 

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the programme and have very much appreciated meeting new people (Portsmouth crowd included) and hearing from the guest speakers, it’s been a really good experience for me.’
‘I am so glad I applied for and was accepted on to the Aurora programme, it has been a wonderful experience and has given me the chance to meet some amazing women who work in universities across the country. I have been inspired by the stories I have heard and it has given me a new found confidence, it really has been a worthwhile exercise.’

You can view more comments or speak to the previous participants at www.port.ac.uk/aurora.
Aurora is for women in roles up to grade nine in academic or professional services, ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as one option for progression. The University is funding ten places on the 2014/15 programme, and welcomes expressions of interest from areas where there is under-representation of women at a senior level. Applications from academic staff at grade eight are particularly encouraged. The programme has been organised regionally and we are encouraging participants where possible to attend the London or Cardiff cohorts.
If you are interested in applying for this programme, please visit www.port.ac.uk/aurora.
Nominations should be made by your Dean of Faculty or Head of Professional Service, so please speak to them. Your completed application form should be sent to Jeannette May, Deputy Director of Human Resources by 22 June 2014. 
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Athena SWAN Conference – Unconscious Bias

Date: 5 March 2014
Time: 1.00pm – 4.30pm

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles. The Athena Swan conference this year focusses on ‘Unconscious Bias’ and how recognising and managing it is of benefit to others, through better/fairer decision making, for example in recruitment, promotion and workload allocation.
The conference will be opened by Professor Graham Galbraith who will discuss the role of Athena Swan in our institution.
Our first key note speaker, Professor Paul Walton, gained the first Athena Swan Gold Award for the Chemistry Department at the University of York, and he will explore Unconscious Bias in Academia. Women are particularly under-represented in technology, especially in engineering, and we are delighted to welcome our second key-note speaker, Commander Sophie Shaughnessy, Engineer, RN, to give her perspective of Unconscious Bias.
The conference includes an update on our application for the Institutional Athena Swan Bronze Award, and an opportunity to ask questions of some of our Deans about Athena Swan or issues of fairness and gender equality that affect both men and women.
Agenda:
1.00-1.30 Tea and coffee
1.30-1.45 Professor Graham Galbraith (Vice-Chancellor)  What does an Athena Swan Bronze Award mean for the UoP?
1.45-2.30 Professor Paul Walton - Unconscious bias in Academia
Professor of Chemistry
University of York
Athena Swan Gold Department
2.30-3.00 Commander - Unconscious bias - the perspective of a Royal Navy Engineer
Sophie Shaughnessy
Engineering Officer, RN
3.00-3.30 Tea break/poster viewing
3.30-3.50 Professor Janis Shute (Athena Swan Chairperson) - Going for Bronze at the UoP - an update
3.50-4.30 Professor Paul Hayes - Ask a Dean
Professor Catherine Harper
Barbara Haward
Professor Tara Dean
Professor Paul Walton