SwanSTEMWoMen getting started…
SwanSTEMWoMen getting started…by PVC Prof Hilary Lappin-Scott
I am delighted to announce that we are commencing a regular blog from Swansea University on our collective activities promoting and raising awareness of women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) subjects. The blog is from the recently launched SwanSTEMWoMen Group and we have decided to use this as an umbrella to pull together all ofour activities supporting women in STEM at our University.
So, how did we arrive at the decision to launch such a Group?!
As Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor of Microbiology and the Senior Management Team Lead for Equality and Diversity at Swansea University I want to ensure that we fully develop and encourage all of our talents. Through social media I noticed the activities of Soapbox Science and the wonderful work it was doing in promoting leading female researchers and showing the world that STEM subjects and research are for all. I was delighted to be chosen as a speaker in London in July 2013 and was determined, with a group of interested STEM women, to bring this to Swansea too. A group of researchers at Swansea, working with the national grass-roots initiativeScience_Grrl to raise awareness of the key issues for girls and women around STEM subjects, established a local ‘chapter’ of Science_Grrl and has been running successfully here for more than a year.
Alongside Science_Grrl and a highly successful Soapbox Science event in Swansea in July 2014 we are keen to incorporate all of our activities to support this agenda, such as celebrating Ada Lovelace Day to promote female STEM role models our Athena SWAN promotional work
and International Women’s Day as well as further activities we may develop for the future.
I have been blown away by the enthusiasm from male and female staff and students to be involved inthe SwanSTEMWoMen. I’m really looking forward to working with them all whilst we pull together to fully promote all of our female STEM activities and ensure that we utilise, recognise, and support all of our talent.
The SwanSTEMWoMen team will be regularly blogging, so do watch out for us!