• Exeter researcher wins science outreach competition: Natalie Garrett, a Research Fellow in Biophotonics, has won the I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here competition.  The initiative comprised of two weeks of intensive research, with panellists grilled by school pupils from across the UK – after which, each pupil voted for their favourite.  Find out more on the University Staff News website.
  • Award success for Engineering and Physics: The departments of Engineering (incorporating Camborne School of Mines) and Physics & Astronomy received their Athena SWAN Bronze awards following their successful applications in April 2015.  Congratulations to all involved for their hard work in putting together the submission.  All three departments within the College now hold the Bronze award and are working towards their Silver awards.  The Departmental Athena SWAN Bronze applications are available to view under Awards.
  • One Step Beyond Staff Mentoring Scheme: A new 'One Step Beyond' Staff Mentoring Scheme for Academics and Researchers will be launched on 7th October 2015 in Streatham and Penryn.  Expressions of interest in the Mentoring Scheme are invited from all academics and researchers. Further information is available on the 'One Step Beyond' website.
  • Juno Practitioner Reaccreditation: Physics and Astronomy are pleased to announce that their application for renewal of their Juno  Practioner Award was successful at panel and their Practitioner status will now be valid for a further 3 years.  For more information on Juno, please visit the Project Juno website.
  • South West Alumnae Special Networking Evening 7th July: The South West Alumnae Group’s regular ‘First Tuesday’ networking evenings have enabled our female graduates to reconnect with friends, enjoy an evening out, and make useful business connections. This event is another opportunity to do so, with a special opportunity to meet new graduates and network over canapés and a bespoke Exeter Alumnae cocktail.  The event will take place on Tuesday 7th July from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Magdalen Chapter.  Space for this event is limited, so book your place early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are  £10 per person for alumnae.
  • 'Meet the Experts', 17th June 2015: A careers event for Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Research Only Staff, this 'Meet the Experts' event includes six careers panel sessions and aims to increase understanding of a range of opportunities and career paths that exist, as well as how to best maximise the chances of having a successful non-academic career.  The event takes place on Wednesday 17th June 2015 from 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00 on the Streatham Campus Exeter.  Staff MUST register in advance via My Career Zone.
  • CEMPS ECRN Twitter Poster Competition, June 2015 – to promote the research impact of our Early Career Researchers, the Early Career Researcher Network is holding an electronic poster competition.  Submit your poster via Twitter on 2nd June and promote your research! Posters should be submitted to the appropriate Twitter account (@PhysicsECN; @EngineeringECN; or @MathsCS_ECN).  Prizes: 2 x £50 runner-up prizes, £100 first prize (e-posters).
  • Working Practices Policy: A new Working Practices Policy has been implemented College-wide for all staff and is available to view on the intranet.
  • Soapbox Science Exeter 2015: The speakers have now been confirmed for Soapbox Science Exeter 2015 which will take place on 13th June in Princesshay Square from 1:00-4:00 pm.  
  • New Rights for Parents and Carers: Shared Parental Leave is a new government scheme which allows eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work after their child is born or placed for adoption. It is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year. Parents may be off work at the same time and/or take it in turns to have periods of leave to look after the child. This scheme is available for parents with babies due or matched on or after 5 April 2015.  Further information is online. On 5 April, changes are also taking place to Adoption Leave and Parental Leave – see the links for further information.
  • Revised flexible working policy and guidance is now available in the flexible working toolkit. The toolkit is designed to support managers and staff (Professional Services and Academic staff) to understand flexible working arrangements and encourage consistency across the University. It includes new guidance on homeworking, compressed hours and job sharing, as well as good practice examples of flexible working. The University’s flexitime arrangements have been revised and new arrangements for a standard University scheme will be in place from 1 April 2015.  If you have any questions regarding flexible working, you should discuss these with your manager in the first instance.
  • Gender Equality Video: As part of the University’s celebration for International Women’s Day we held photo booths across all four campuses asking staff and students to pledge their support for gender equality. The resulting video can be viewed on YouTube. Take a look and see if you can see any familiar faces.
  • Athena SWAN Staff Survey: A new Athena SWAN Staff Survey has been launched which all staff are encouraged to complete.  This is the second of its kind and will allow us to gauge whether things have changed in the last two years. This survey, endorsed and managed by the University, will take about 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and all responses are anonymous.  The data collected will be held on a secure survey and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • 41 Women: To celebrate International Women’s Day 2015 we re-ran the 31 Women campaign which proved so popular in 2014. Each day in March we featured the achievements of a different woman on the homepage of the University website, celebrating the social, political and economic achievements of women. Staff and students within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences are featured.
  • Virtual 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 11th March 2015: will be taking place on 11th March.  Following this meeting, there will be a series of afternoon talks open to all staff. 
  • IWD15 Photobooth 9th March 2015: Be part of something global - pledge to support gender equality as part of our International Women's Day 2015 celebrations by taking part in our photobooths on 9th March 2015.  Photobooths will take place: Streatham Campus upstairs Forum 11:30-14:00; St Luke's Campus Cloisters 12:00-13:30; Penryn Campus Stannary 12:00-13:30; and Truro Campus Knowledge Spa Atrium 12:30-13:30.
  • Top Female Scientist card game: The ‘Top Female Scientist card game’ features 32 of the most celebrated and distinguished names in maths, natural sciences, physics, chemistry and biology. By comparing the scientists for their innovation, impact, obscurity and ‘badassery’, the goal of the game is to determine who can be considered the ultimate female scientist of all time. The thought-provoking game is available free to download for secondary schools across the country. More information is available here.
  • 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
  • Women in Science Lectures 16th March 2015: A celebration of women in science, with talks from Cornwall-based experts from a variety of fields--including mining, human health, marine renewable energy, animal behaviour, and medicine.  The evening will begin with a keynote address from Sarah Newton, MP, and the seminar will be followed by a reception where audience members can mingle with scientists and find out everything they want to know about research, community science, science education, and more.  The event will take place from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus.  Book your place on the event here.
  • Soapbox Science Exeter 13th June 2015: 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.  Applications are invited from female speakers for the Exeter event on 13th June 2015 in Princesshay.  This event will run for 3 hours with 3-4 other speakers in the session and a £50 fund for props and training is available.  Complete the Soapbox Science: Exeter Application Form and email it to Soapbox Science by 22nd February 2015.
  • 2015 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowships: Applications for the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science are now open. This year 5 fellowships will be awarded to outstanding female postdoctoral scientists to assist them with their research. The Fellowships, each worth £15,000are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of research and for the first year this will include maths, engineering and computer science. Closing date is 13th March 2015 by midnight.  More details can be found in the 2015 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women In Sicence - Call for applications and 2015 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women In Sicence - Call for applications.
  • 41 Women Campaign: International Women's Day (IWD) takes place annually on 8 March and celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.  This year, to celebrate IWD 2015, we are rerunning the 31 Women campaign with an additional 10 places dedicated to our Cornwall campuses to mark the 10th anniversary year of the campuses opening. We are asking staff and students to nominate inspirational women to be featured.  More information and nomination forms can be found on the website.  The deadline for nominations is Friday 30th January 2015.
  • Images of Research Competition: We would like to encourage entries from women in particular to the Images of Research Competition.  This competition showcases the fantastic research we do at Exeter to the public with an exhibition of the winning entries.  Competition opens 12th January 2015.  For more information please visit the website.
  • RCUK Council Applications invited: RCUK are encouraging applications from under-represented groups to serve on their Councils (all except MRC).  For AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, STFC the closing date for the receipt of applications is 4pm Monday 5th January 2015.  Further information about vacancies, application forms and interview dates are available to download on the website.
  • Leadership Foundation Aurora Programme: The College have committed to funding a small number of places for both academic and professional services staff, up to senior lecturer / grade G level.  For information about about to apply (closing date for applications is 5th January 2015) click here.
  • Women in HE: The new Women in HE@Exeter web pages are now up and running. These bring together all strands of our gender work. The University is looking for candidates for the "Be inspired" pages - people in areas and at different career/study stages and role types from the ones already featured. If you are interested in being featured or know of anyone who would might be please contact Natalie Hewitt.
  • Early Career Researcher Network: The Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) is a forum for sharing and discussing ideas related to research and careers in academia and beyond.  The network, covering both Streatham and Penryn campuses, was formed to arrange events, activities and access to resources in support of early career staff and postgraduate students.
  • Springboard Development Programme: The Springboard Programme is a national, personal and professional development programme designed for women to help recognise their own potential.  The course is free to staff and run internally.  The dates for this year are now fully booked, however, if there are enough people interested we may choose to run an additional course for the College. To register your interest please contact Natalie Hewitt.
  • Role Models: We are looking for female role models within the College at every stage of their career to be featured on the Athena SWAN website.  If you are interested in being featured or would like to nominate someone, please contact Natalie Hewitt.

Discipline news

For further details on what each discipline has been up to, please click on the individual discipline links below:

Engineering and CSM

Mathematics and Computer Science

Physics and Astronomy