Dr Rhonda Snook Athena SWAN talk

On Friday the 5th of February, the University hosted a talk by Dr Rhonda Snook, Chair of the Athena SWAN Committee from the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Dr Snook talked about the success story of improving gender equality in her department, leading to a Silver award recognition by the Athena SWAN. It was a fantastic opportunity to gather ideas for initiatives we could run in support of our own award, and also get a unique glimpse of ‘behind the scenes’ activities that were instrumental to enable her departments success. A truly inspirational talk by an inspirational academic.

UNESCO-L’Oréal Fellowships for Women in Life Sciences

In a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society five Fellowships are awarded each year to outstanding female post-doctoral researchers. The Fellowship is aimed to support female post-doctoral scientists for 12 month undertaking research in any SEM area. The Fellowship is tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute and worth £15,000. The Fellowships are now open for applications.

Applicants must:

  • be undertaking research in the life or physical sciences
  • must not previously have held, or currently hold, a permanent academic post
  • already have their postdoctoral qualification
  • carry out their research in a UK or Irish university or research institute.
  • have no more than 10 years’ active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).


Application closing date: 11th March 2016