I am delighted to announce that we are commencing a regular blog from Swansea University on the collective activities on 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 group to pull together all ofour activities concerning 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 utilise all of our talents. Through social media I noticed the activities of Soapbox Science (link here) and the wonderful work it was doing in promoting leading female researchers and I wanted to be part of this. 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. The group used Science_Grrl in Swansea to broaden the awareness of the key issues in raising awareness for girls and women about STEM subjects and a local ‘chapter’ of Science_Grrl was established and has been running successfully here for more than a year.
I am so pleased with the response to be involved in the SwanSTEMWoMenGroup from male and female staff and students and am really looking forward to working with them all whilst we work hard together to ensure that we fully promote all of our female STEM activities and ensure that we fully utilise all of our talent.
The SwanSTEMWoMen team will be regularly blogging, so do watch out for us!