Athena Swan application highlight: Actions undertaken by the E&D committee

The Biology Equality and Diversity Committee has been busy over the past couple of years. The timeline highlights the activities and actions initiated and undertaken by the Committee. These activities will continue on a regular basis, plus new ones are …

January 21, 2018 | Uncategorized


2018 International Day of Women and Girls in Science public lecture

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we welcome you to a public lecture by Professor Eleanor Riley:   Combatting Malaria: Using the Immune System for Prevention, Treatments and Control   Friday 23 February, 1pm at …

January 21, 2018 | Uncategorized


Poster campaign

The Biology Equality and Diversity committee has begun a poster campaign to emphasise that the School of Biology actively welcomes and promotes diversity among staff and students. Posters have been placed at the entrance to every school building.   

January 16, 2018 | Uncategorized


Athena Swan application highlight: Committee turnover policy

Committee turnover policy (excerpt from our submission)                              Goal: unbiased representation for committee members and chairs Action: Development of an advisory tenure for committee chairs (3-5 years dependent on committee) and policy for opening up positions to new applicants: Advertisement by email …

January 12, 2018 | Uncategorized


Athena Swan application highlight: Unconscious bias

Unconscious bias (excerpt from our submission) In 2016 we increased frequency of monitoring of staff training completion, sending bi-monthly reminders to staff who had not undertaken relevant modules. We have increased uptake: Bias training increased from 17% (2015) to 76% …

December 21, 2017 | Uncategorized


Insight Interview Series – Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff, an associate lecturer in Biology, has taken part in the Insight Interview Series, a monthly interview series by the Student Physics Society designed to promote links between staff and students.  Verena discusses how she became involved in …

December 10, 2017 | Uncategorized


UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science lecture

Our (postponed) inaugural public lecture celebrating the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, entitled “Ageing Healthily”, was presented by Professor Dame Linda Partridge, on 10 November in the Byre Theatre. Researchers, students and members of the …

December 2, 2017 | Uncategorized


Athena Swan silver award submitted

The School of Biology has successfully submitted their application for an Athena Swan silver award. Many thanks to Sascha Hooker and the rest of the Equality and Diversity committee for their hard work putting the application together. We will be …

December 1, 2017 | Uncategorized


Explorathon 2017

Explorathon returned to St Andrews on Friday 29th September and it was a huge success!   Explorathon is an extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment that takes place on European Researchers’ Night at universities throughout Scotland. University of St Andrews …

October 10, 2017 | Uncategorized


The SOI Early Careers Network welcome day

Over the summer of 2017, young scientists at the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) set up an early careers network (ECN) within the department to discuss project ideas, share resources and learn from others’ experiences within research. The group has been …

October 10, 2017 | Uncategorized