Useful internal and external links

Profiles of successful women in SET

Denise Bower

Jane Francis

Eileen Ingham

The publication “Mothers in Science – 64 ways to have it all” highlights the profiles of a number of female academics – the aim of the book is to illustrate, graphically, that it is perfectly possible to combine a successful and fulfilling career in research science with motherhood, and that there are no rules about how to do this.

Useful organisations, networks, publications and resources

Included below are links to a variety of networks, organisations and publications that you may find of value.  If you are aware of others that you believe would benefit other women in SET please forward details to

  • UKRC – The UK Resource Centre for Women in SET is the UK Government’s lead organisation for the provision of advice, services and policy consultation regarding the under-representation of women in science, engineering, technology and the built environment (SET) UKRC organises regular events at venues across the UK and you can subscribe to a monthly e-newsletter which will keep you up to date with events, activities, publications, articles and general advice.
  • International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology – GST focuses on gender issues in and of science and technology, including engineering, construction and the built environment, and aims to explore the intersections of policy, practice and research. Its aim is to help foster and develop the growing community of researchers, practitioners and policy makers who are interested in gender issues in science and technology and provide a focus for constructive debate and interchange of ideas between key players and experts in this field.
  • Times Higher Education article: “Women produce fewer papers than men over a lifetime and are still scarce in senior positions, especially in science. Dispelling myths of innate difference between the sexes, Amanda Goodall offers advice on how they can raise their research productivity and status in the academy”:
  • VITAE – Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.
  • Forward Ladies – a business networking organisation for professional women:
  • Amazing Women Rock – ‘an online community for amzing women (and those who appreciate them)’:
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS) – leadership organisation advocating the interests of women in science and technology:
  • MentorSET – mentoring scheme to help women working in STEM:
  • Professional Development How2 – A collaborative partnership of engineering institutions committed to your professional development:
  • Women’s Engineering Society (WES) – a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership, we campaign to encourage women to participate and achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders:
  • HerStory – offers a unique and innovative resource with accessible information highlighting progression routes into and beyond engineering education:
  • Mums in Science – was established in 2005 to support parents who work, have worked, or want to work in any aspect of science:
  • Fatherhood Institute – is the UK’s fatherhood think-tank:
  • Women Wanted, Scholarships, Colleges and Careers in Computer Science:
  • WISE Campaign – A campaign to promote Women in SET.  WISE inspires girls and women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). They advise organisations on how to create environments where those women can do their best work and thrive  WISE organises regular events at venues across the UK and you can subscribe to a monthly e-newsletter which will keep you up to date with events, activities, publications, articles and general advice.

Information on support for personal and professional development

  • Leadership and Management Development – Development opportunities are available to all staff throughout the University with a leadership and management responsibility. This could be as a team leader, leading a research area or taking a lead role in a teaching area. The Staff and Departmental Development Unit offers a range of programmes for staff wishing to develop themselves in the areas of leadership, management and supervisory skills. To suit different learning needs and preferences development opportunities are offered either as short stand-alone workshops or structured programmes including mentoring and action learning in addition to workshops.
  • Mentoring  – The University’s Staff and Departmental Development Unit has web pages covering a wide range of topics on mentoring, including guidelines for mentors and mentees and hints and tips on how to find an appropriate mentor.
  • Faculty of Engineering PACE mentoring scheme:
  • Personal Development for Women – Springboard – Springboard is an award-winning three-month personal development programme designed especially for women. It has been created to enable women to achieve greater recognition and influence and to fulfill their potential in both their work and personal lives. Springboard supports the University’s Single Equality Scheme in giving women the tools to develop themselves and their own careers, and is one way of ensuring that women continue to be represented, particularly at more senior levels in the University. 
  • Promotion Opportunities – The University has in place procedures for applying for promotion which are open to all staff. These have been rigorously reviewed in partnership with the trade unions to ensure that they are not discriminatory. Details of the procedures can be found at:  Research career skills – To enable the achievement of an influential world-leading University research profile, the Staff and Departmental Development Unit supports the development of research skills and research careers by providing a continuum of courses spanning research students, postdoctoral research staff, early-career academic staff and senior staff with research management and leadership responsibilities.

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Information for students on studying Science, Engineering and Technology

The University offers a wide range of programmes of study at undergraduate and postgraduate level through the faculties of Biological Sciences, Engineering, Environment, Maths and Physical Sciences and Medicine and Health.  Each of the Faculties welcomes applications from women with the proportion of home undergraduate female students in 2010 being: Biological Sciences 54%, Engineering 19%, Environment 49%, Maths and Physical Sciences 42% and Medicine and Health 76%.  Details of how to apply can be found at: