Activities at Swansea University
We list existing and new initiatives at Swansea University and in the various departments.
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
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;
Seisenberger, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, College of Science.
Other founding committee members:
Urbanek, Research Fellow in Geography;
Richard Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Material Research Center, College
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
The Swansea SoapboxScience Event took place on 5th July 2014.
Please follow the link for videos.
Contacts: Dr Geertje van Keulen, College of Medicine,
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org]
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
Computer Science: School Outreach Activities
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.
Being based in Student services at Swansea University,
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.