This is what a STEMinist looks like

This is what a STEMinist looks like: Hazel Hall

This is what a STEMinist looks like: Professor Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University

Equate Scotland has launched a new social media campaign to tackle gender stereotyping and combat misconceptions about women and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Continue reading

Celebrations of International Women’s Day 2016 #iwd2016

Athena SWAN bronze award logoAs was the case in many UK universities, last Tuesday 8th March – International Women’s Day – was a busy day for Edinburgh Napier University’s Athena SWAN teams. The coordinators of our gender equality network (GEN) – Dr Clare Taylor (Senior Lecturer in the School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences) and Frances Ryan (PhD student, School of Computing) – organised¬† ‘equality breakfasts’ on each of the three main University campuses. These were co-hosted by the Athena SWAN leads for our six schools and Equate Scotland, the Edinburgh Napier based organisation that supports the recruitment, retention, development, and progression of women in science, engineering, technology and the built environment in Scotland. Continue reading

Tackling gender inequality from the classroom to the boardroom: workshop preview

Pirate or princess?

A pirate princess gender stereotype compromise?

  • Why do we continue to see gender stereotyping in education?
  • What is the impact of such gender stereotyping on the labour market?
  • How does gender stereotyping limit career opportunities for individuals?
  • What are the wider impacts of gender stereotyping on society at large?
  • Which approaches work best in achieving sustained change with respect to gender imbalance in educational settings and the workplace?

These questions will be addressed at a half-day workshop on tackling gender inequality, hosted by the Employment Research Institute (ERI) at Edinburgh Napier University from 10:00-13:00 on Tuesday 10th May 2016. The discussions will take into account recent research on gender imbalances in education and key sectors of the economy undertaken at the ERI. Continue reading

Ada Lovelace Day 2014: celebrating the achievements of women in STEM

Rocket scientist mugTuesday 14th October 2014 is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. This evening I’ll be marking the day at a special dinner hosted by Equate Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University’s Athena SWAN team. Our guest of honour and keynote speaker will be astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the first female President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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