Careers event for PhD students and postdocs, January

We have initiated a careers session held as part of the annual postgraduate conference. We showcase some of the many different career paths available, with talks on getting an independent fellowship, moving into your first lectureship, the joys of teaching, moving away from traditional academia into science policy, science consulting or short-term excursions from science. The inaugural event, held on 17 January 2017, received good feedback with most attendees finding the talks interesting and useful.

United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Marking the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, several of our staff took part in a University-wide initiative to highlight case-studies of some of its leading female academics.

The public lecture planned to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science has been rescheduled. Professor Dame Linda Partridge will present her talk, “Ageing Healthily”, on Friday 10 November, at 1pm in the Byre Theatre. Her work on the biology of ageing will be fascinating to a wide audience and we welcome researchers, students and members of the public alike. There will also be opportunity for early career researchers to meet with Professor Partridge before the talk and informal question and answer time following the talk. This will be the inaugural lecture, starting an annual lecture series to mark the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science. For more information and ticketing, please see Equality and Diversity News.

Bring your kids to work day – schools in-service day, May

Building on last year’s success, we plan to make the “Bring your kid to work day” into an annual event.

Postgraduate induction, October

We provide a brief introduction to Equality and Diversity issues at the induction day for new postgraduate students. This introduces students to the Athena Swan Charter and our school’s Equality and Diversity initiatives.

Undergraduate tutorial on bias

We have included Equality & Diversity material into the tutorials we provide for 2nd and 3rd year students. In spring 2017, we focused on the issue of bias – both that of the students themselves and the bias they may face during their career. We encouraged students to undertake one of the Harvard Implicit Social Attitudes tests. We then discussed gender bias in job advertisements, and the issues of language used. Lastly we discussed gender differences in assessment of application criteria.

Online bias training and recruitment training, ongoing

We are currently encouraging all of our staff to undertake the bias training offered by the University:

We also ask all staff involved in recruitment to undertake the recruitment training offered by the University:

An excellent video recommended by ERC panels which highlights good recruitment practice is available here. 

Annual review meetings for all staff

All staff are encouraged to undertake annual review meetings with their line manager.

Mentoring opportunities

Early career academics and professional staff mentoring schemes are available via the University Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD).

Within the School of Biology, newly appointed lecturers are also assigned a mentor within the school.

Core hours

Core hours have been established within the School of Biology to offer a more family friendly environment and in order that part-time workers or those with particular caring needs will not be disadvantaged by their inability to attend events. If possible, events such as external seminar speakers or management/departmental meetings should not be held prior to 9am or after 3pm (these are hours of primary school attendance in Fife). Core hours in the School have been approved by management group and are currently 9.15am to 2.45pm.