The University of Exeter received a Bronze award in March 2012.

Events, workshops and training

Upcoming events

Events are now organised by the Early Career Researcher Network.  For more information on upcoming events please visit their events page.

Past events

Soapbox Science Exeter 13th June 2015

Soapbox Science comes to Exeter on 13th June 2015, which aims to bring cutting-edge science to the public, in an accessible, fun, and unintimidating way. At the core of Soapbox Science is the promotion and support of women in STEM disciplines. The event works to increase the visibility of female scientists, provide inspiration and role models for budding young scientists, and improve awareness of the wealth of research that is conducted by women in STEM in the UK and abroad. Further information can be found on the Soapbox Science Exeter pages.

Exe-X: Women in Leadership Reception 30th April 2015

This year’s Women and Leadership Reception combines networking with useful insights on the theme of "Overcoming Challenges in Your Career". As well as the usual career setbacks, women can face additional challenges when it comes to caring for children or elderly parents. This event gives you an opportunity to discuss these and other issues with fellow graduates and to gain ideas and advice through a choice of practical mini-workshops. For more information please contact Kate Wade.

Virtual Equality Event 26th March 2015

To discuss how to make real progress in tackling inequality in the research environment, Vitae is holding a free 60-min live video event with E&D experts via Google+ Hangout! Further information is available here.

South West England Athena SWAN Regional Meeting

As part of the South West England Athena SWAN Regional meeting, there will be a series of afternoon talks open to all staff and students at Exeter on 11th March 2015.  Fufther information is available in the Athena SWAN Regional Event Programme

International Women's Day 2015

International Women's Day (IWD) on 8th March 2015 celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focussing the world's attention on areas requiring further action. This year the theme is “Make it happen", celebrating women's achievements and a call for greater equality. For further information please visit the IWD pages.

Athena SWAN "Going for Gold"

Open to all staff and students, this event was held to recognise the achievements of the University as well as look forward to the future of Athena SWAN at Exeter, with Professor Tom Welton as guest speaker on his experiences in ‘Going for Gold.’ Professor Welton is the Head of the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London, who are one of the very few departments across the UK to currently hold an Athena SWAN Gold award.

Promotion Workshops

A series of informal and interactive sessions, designed for early career staff and postgraduate students, to highlight the promotion process, career and development opportunities available and to provide an opportunity to hear from those who have been through the process.

  • 12th August 2014: with guest speakers Dr Nathan Mayne (Physics), Dr Anna Harper (Mathematics), Dr Rachel Torr (Researcher Development).
  • 21st August 2014: with guest speakers Dr Nathan Mayne (Physics), Dr Margriet Groenendijk (Geography), Dr Barrie Cooper (Mathematics), Dr Chris Wood (Researcher Development) and Mr Tash Khan-Davies (Learning and Development).
  • 5th September: with guest speakers Dr Nathan Mayne (Physics), Dr Barrie Cooper (Mathematics), Dr Chris Wood (Researcher Development) and Mr Tash Khan-Davies (Learning and Development).

International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) on 8th March 2014 celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focussing the world's attention on areas requiring further action. A series of events, including showcasing inspiration women, will be taking place within the University to mark this day. For further information please visit the IWD pages.

Managing your Academic Career: A one-day development programme for women

The workshops are being run by the Researcher Development Team and are open to any female member of staff on Research Only contracts in any discipline. They are intended to provide women in academia with a day of active reflection to discuss a wide range of issues that women face in the management of their careers. They provide participants with an opportunity to examine existing skills, networks and preferences so that they can progress their careers.

Specifically, they will enable participants to:

  • Assess their current skills and identify areas for personal development
  • Consider the notion of work-life balance and how this can be achieved
  • Consider the need for profile raising and reputation building
  • Hold confident conversations around ambitions and goals
  • Understand how to market themselves through a CV
  • Make new contacts and practise networking skills
  • Set some personal goals.

Several other new sessions that are open to any staff on Research Only contracts and run by external experts in professional development, careers consulting, academic writing, project management and training and consultancy in media and communications for universities have been added to the Researcher Development programme for the summer term this year. In addition to traditional face-to-face workshops, the Researcher Development Team is also trialling three webinar series that are open to Postgraduate Researchers as well as Research Staff. More information about Researcher Development, including a full list of forthcoming courses for Postgraduate Researchers and Research Staff, can be found on the Team’s website.

Athena Swan Celebration Event

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences; College of Life and Environmental Sciences and University of Exeter Medical School jointly hosted an event on 30th January 2013 featuring a keynote speech by Professor Teresa Rees CBE (University of Exeter alumna), from Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences.

As well as Professor Rees’ talk on ‘Promoting Research Excellence Necessitates Promoting Gender Equality’,  there was a well attended Q&A session with a panel of Scientists from across the STEM/M Colleges, chaired by Professor Mark Overton. The event concluded with a busy networking session,  which gave attendees the opportunity to contribute to feedback boards on topics relating to the University’s Athena SWAN project.

Early Career Researcher Event (Cornwall)

On the 28th November 2012, a workshop was run for female early career researchers on the Cornwall Campus from CEMPS, CLES and colleagues from European Centre for the Environment and Human Health. This session was organised by three researchers from Biosciences and Camborne School of Mines. It included a guest speaker to discuss ‘how to succeed as a woman in science’, a panel discussion with invited speakers (Professor Nina Wedell, Professor Juliette Osbourne, Professor Catherine Mitchell and Professor Frances Wall), and a group discussion session covering topics such as hurdles that have been faced as a woman in science, current good practice, initiatives that have worked, and ‘the dream pot of money’.

Athena SWAN Launch Event

The College ran an Athena SWAN launch event for all staff in CEMPS in May 2012. This event was well attended by staff from across the College. Paula Sanderson (College Manager) introduced Athena SWAN and the progress that had been made so far. Attendees then split into small discussion groups and feed back ideas to the Athena SWAN working group.

At the Cornwall campus, a launch event was run by the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) and staff from CEMPS were invited to attend. Professor Mark Overton (Deputy Vice-Chancellor) and Professor Mark Goodwin (Dean of CLES) outlined the current work on Athena SWAN across the College and the University. Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Office for the Department of Health also came to wish the University luck with its work on Athena SWAN.

Women in science and engineering day

In July 2012 the College hosted a ‘Women in science and engineering’ event with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. More than fifty girls visited the Streatham campus to take part in an action-packed programme.