Eleanor Glanville Centre’s next Be Inspired! Lecture – Tuesday 2nd October

The Eleanor Glanville Centre’s next Be Inspired! Lecture will take place on Tuesday 2nd October and will be presented by Philosophy Professor Jenny Saul, University of Sheffield.

‘On Being a Woman in a male-Dominated Field’


Because Philosophy is within the Humanities, not STEM, most people are surprised to learn that it’s male-dominated. In fact, philosophy is only 24% female in the UK and 17% female in the US– figured that look like some of the most male-dominated STEM subjects. Jenny will reflect on her experiences as a woman in philosophy, and how these drew her into several different sorts of academic activism and research. She founded the blog What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy; and the blog Feminist Philosophers, with its Gendered Conference Campaign. She co-authored the first ever report on Women in Philosophy in the UK (2011) and the British Philosophical Association/Society for Women in Philosophy UK Good Practice Guidelines for Women in Philosophy– now adopted by dozens of departments and learned societies. This work on women in philosophy gave rise to an interest in implicit bias, which led to a research project culminating in two edited volumes for Oxford University Press. In addition, she became very involved in trying to call attention to and end sexual harassment in philosophy, well before the Me Too movement became well known. Jenny will discuss the various (interlinked) directions that her research and activism in these areas. has taken her.

  • Tuesday 2nd October
  • 18:00 pm 
  • MB0603 Minerva Building

 The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

This lecture is free to attend but prior booking is essential

To get your tickets click: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-inspired-lecture-philosophy-professor-jenny-saul-tickets-48645762786

 Although originally from the US, Jenny has been at the University of Sheffield since 1995, where she is now Professor of Philosophy.  She works in Philosophy of Language, Feminism, and Philosophy of Race, and her current research is largely on politics and language, with a particular focus on xenophobia, racism, and misogyny.  Jenny is Director of the Society for Women in Philosophy UK, Chair of the Analysis Committee, and Vice President of the Mind Association.  In 2011 she received the Distinguished Woman Philosophy Award from the American Society for Women in Philosophy.  Nonetheless, her proudest accomplishment is serving as philosophical consultant on a zombie movie script!  Her hobbies include standing under trees to prevent their felling – a surprisingly popular pastime in Sheffield.

eLife #ECRWednesday webinar: Being a scientist and a parent – Sep 26, 2018

The journal eLife is organizing a webinar dedicated to the topic “Being a scientist and a parent”, which is of relevance to the Athena SWAN mission. Below is a description fo the even from the eLIfe website:

“Children and research projects have a lot in common. Both can lead to sleepless nights, both require the mastery of specialist techniques, and people who are not parents or scientists often struggle to understand them. However, despite these similarities, family life and a career in research are often portrayed as being incompatible with each other. To shed a light on this topic, our next #ECRWednesday webinar will be hosted by Jeanne Saljie (eLife ECAG, Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Thailand), Galit Lahav (Harvard Medical School, USA), David Kent (University of Cambridge, UK), and others will join her to share their own experiences and discuss strategies for researchers with young families to help them reach a work-life balance.”

You can register for this event here.

Pipeline Mentoring Programme


The new Pipeline Mentoring Programme is now open to all academic staff (new starters/ ECRs/ academics/ technical staff etc.) and postgraduate students (PGR/PhD) at the University. The scheme enables potential mentees to receive support and advice from more experienced colleagues, helping them to develop their careers and to understand and overcome obstacles to career progression. The Pipeline is of particular importance to under-represented groups, and provides tailored support for the challenges of maternity leave and work-life balance.

Staff and PhD students can register to join the programme (either as Mentees or Mentors) at any time, but the mentoring programmes will run on a biannual basis (Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer).

Programmes currently available are September 2018 – March 2019 and March 2019 – September 2019.

If you would like to join the Programme as a mentor, please register before September 2018.

For more information, and to download the registration forms (mentee and mentor), please follow the link:


SLS Staff Culture Survey – Open to all

The School of Life Sciences Culture Survey is now open to all members of staff across the board –  Technical / Post Docs / Academics / Admin / PGR, etc.

It is very important for everyone to share their views to ensure the results for the School really reflect how staff feel and not just a few who respond. 

All responses are anonymous, so please do feel free to answer honestly and to provide any comments at the end of the survey that you feel are relevant.

The Athena Swan committee will use the results of this survey to help build an Action Plan for change, so it is vital that we get responses from as many staff as possible.

You can find the link here:


Upcoming Be Inspired! Lecture

The Eleanor Glanville Centre’s next Be Inspired! Lecture: “My Brilliant Career – and other stories” Dr Kate Thomas, Birmingham City University, will take place Tuesday 3rd July


Kate’s current research, titled Gender(s) At Work, investigates how gender shapes experiences of employment and career in higher education. This research is aligned with Kate’s involvement in the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all staff within the sector.

In this presentation, Kate introduces and reports on her research, but also traces the choices and transitions within her own ‘career’; mapping experiences and ideas which have led her to challenge and critique the taken for granted in all her research. As a poet and cartoonist, Kate also shares some of her recent experiments with the poetic and the visual as ways to further explore and communicate her research findings

  • Tuesday 3rd July
  • SLB0006 Steven Langton Building
  • Registration 16:45 – 17:15
  • Lecture 17:15
  • Wine Reception 18:15 – 19:30

Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas is Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager for Athena SWAN at Birmingham City University, UK. Kate specialises in interdisciplinary enquiry into higher education, gender and inequalities and has a particular interest in social geography and spatial research methods.Between 2007-2014, Kate was the national convenor of the UALL (Universities Association for Lifelong Learning) Women in Lifelong Learning network. She is currently Co-convenor of the SRHE Access and Widening Participation Network.


The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.


To book your tickets click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-inspired-lecture-dr-kate-thomas-tickets-42193520957