Activities at Swansea University

We list existing and new initiatives at Swansea University and in the various departments.

Launch Event: SwanseaScienceGrrl - Because science is for everyone!

SwanseaScienceGrrl was launched as a local chapter of the UK wide ScienceGrrl initiative on 28 November 2013, 12-2pm, Surf Room, Fulton House. The programme included a welcome by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, a presentation of the ScienceGrrl objectives, networking and group discussion. ScienceGrrl (UK) "is a broad-based, grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; a network of people who are passionate about passing on our love of science to the next generation."

SwanseaScienceGrrl is currently lead by: Dr Cate Gascoigne, Trainee Clinical Scientist in Medical Physics, Singleton Hospital; Jayne Cartwright, Student in Psychology, College of Human And Health Sciences; Dr Monika Seisenberger, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, College of Science. Other founding committee members: Dr Emilia Urbanek, Research Fellow in Geography; Dr Richard Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Material Research Center, College of Engineering; Professor Siwan Davies, Geography, College of Science; Alison Jones, PhD-student in Computer Science, College of Science; Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Meanwhile joined: Geertje Van Keulen (Swansea SoapBox Science), College of Medicine, Kathryn Welshby, PhD student in Physcis, College of Science, Hemlata Bisnauthsing (SwanseaScienceGrrl Facebook), College of Medicine, Charlie James (Athena SWAN).

Please feel free to contact us: SwanseaScienceGrrl@swansea.ac.uk

Swansea SoapboxScience

The Swansea SoapboxScience Event took place on 5th July 2014. Please follow the link for videos.

Contacts: Dr Geertje van Keulen, College of Medicine, Dr Emilia Urbanek, College of Science; Dr Natalie de Mello, Molecular Biology; Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Athena Swan Award

Swansea University received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award at University level. The College of Human and Health Science and the College of Medicine have received the Athena SWAN Bronze award at Departmental Level. The College of Science is in the process of applying for the department-level Bronze award.

Swansea University celebrates Ada Lovelace Day, 15 October 2013

"Leading ladies at Swansea University met to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day and to share thoughts, ideas and experiences about the gender equality agenda at the University and discuss how the number of women in senior positions across the University can be increased." (See full press release.) The aim of Ada Lovelace Day is "to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire". (See short presentation by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott.)

Activities in the colleges and departments

STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador network is associated with STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network). There are over 26,000 STEM Ambassadors across the UK, and WomenInScience@SwanseaUniversity encourages members to join. It is a great way to find out about local outreach opportunities with schools (via STEMnetworking), and to record your own events. The initiative covers a range of activities, from practical workshops and after-school clubs to mock interviews and online coursework support. Inductions to become a student STEM Ambassador take place regularly on campus.

STEM Ambassadors in WomenInScience@SwanseaUniversity: Cate Gascoigne; Ruth Harding; Kathryn Welsby; Alison Jones. [If you're not listed, please email Alison: 481549@swansea.ac.uk]

Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS)

The College-led organisation Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) runs monthly seminar sessions for female students and staff. The talks focus on University policies and procedures in areas such as flexible working, promotions and career progression. The sessions also provide an oppurtunity for informal networking.

College of Medicine: Research to Transform Emergency Care

Professor Helen Snooks, Research Lead of Patient and population Health Informatics at Swansea University's College of Medicine recently featured in a dedicated 'Women in Healthcare' edition on the global dissemination resource, International Innovation. In this enlightening and inspiring interview, Professor Helen Snooks describes how her experiences of research in emergency care have helped contribute to her success in generating evidence to inform policy and care to improve the quality of life of patients. Read the full interview here.

Computer Science: School Outreach Activities

Technocamps offers girls only workshops to 11-19 year old females in the Swansea area, outside term time. These workshops cover a variety of skills and techniques applied within the computer science industry including problem solving, logic, application of maths and literacy. Technocamps has run 3 workshops this year so far teaching Scratch, Web Development and LEGO NXTs. The workshop are held by Sophie Dare-Edwards, a former Swansea Computer Science student.

Women@SwanseaComputer Science networking group

Women@Swansea Computer Science is a network for female researchers and students in Computer Science and IT. The group meets regularly to discuss the topic of Women in Computer Science and participates in events such as the BCS Lovelace Colloquium for undergraduates and the London Hopper Colloquium for postgraduate students and researchers. It also supports activities by BCS Women in Wales.

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Reaching Wider

Being based in Student services at Swansea University, the South Wales Reaching Wider Partnership collaborates with other Universities in South-West Wales and works with those living in Communities First areas, Looked After Children and Care Leavers. They provide educational activities ranging from short workshops to residential Summer University schemes for Year 12 students. They also work with Primary Schools in South Wales by facilitating after-school science clubs.