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Women’s Experiences in Science:  Interviews with women scientists working at Oxford, sharing a broad range of experiences through video interviews, to support women in their career decisions. A collection of 56 interviews with women scientists, all working at Oxford, is now available. This includes new interviews from 17 women working in Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences completed in 2017/18, alongside the original 39 women interviewed in Medical Sciences in 2014/15.  The women talked about many issues, including the culture of science, publishing, obtaining fellowship funding, having a mentor and Athena SWAN. 

Women in Science articles on the blog

The Women in Science series provides talks from the support network OxFEST (Oxford Females in Engineering, Science and Technology) which aims to promote and encourage women in their scientific careers. The series provides information and resources, which may aid females in pursuing their careers. The series includes talks from a range of inspirational speakers with the overall goal to convince women out there that, although it may be challenging, it is possible for motivated women to succeed in science.

Athene Donald's Blog: Athene is a professor of physics at the University of Cambridge. She has an active interest in issues around women in science within the university (WiSETI) and outside (Athena Forum) and equality and diversity more generally; and a growing interest in education and science policy.

DiscovHer: The first online media showcasing women making science happen. In particular this page introducing the #ChangeTheNumber study and the results of the international 'Women in Science' survey conducted by the L’Oréal Foundation.

Women in Leadership podcast series from Said Business School.

Blog from Francesca Wade in The Unherd, on the Centenary of ‘semi-demented spinsters’ (women) getting degrees at Oxford.


Breaking the silence about the menopause: On the impacts of menopause at work for older women – and how this may affect retirement and pensions options. 

THE, 16 January 2020

Box-ticking is the inevitable result of top-down impositions: Overseeing an Athena SWAN application convinced an anonymous academic that if tasks cannot be properly resourced, they should not be attempted at all

THE, 16 January 2020

Germany mulls extra research funding for committee-burdened womenGender quotas have improved female representation on internal panels, but researchers have highlighted that the loss of research time slows career progression.

THE, 16 January 2020

Why female-led start-ups underperform: the article explores how male culture and a lack of role models are stopping female academics from launching companies based on their research.

The Guardian, 8 January 2020

Gender differences in how scientists present the importance of their research: observational study

Male scientists are more likely than female ones to publish work that describes itself as “excellent”, “unique” or “novel”, experts have found.  This appears to reap dividends in respect of how often others reference the research.  The study suggests research papers in which the first and last authors were both women were on average more than 12% less likely to use at least one positive term to describe the research than papers for which the first author, last author or both were men.

BMJ, 16 December 2019

Is teaching data the key to gender equality in STEM?

Wonkhe, 22 October 2019

Scientist and Parent: a series of articles and interviews looking at initiatives for providing support to scientists who are parents, ongoing issues, and sharing life experiences of researchers with children

Athena SWAN is taking flight (download here)

Times Higher Education, 23 July 2019

Creating a more supportive and inclusive university culture: a mixed-methods interdisciplinary comparative analysis of medical and social sciences at the University of Oxford

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Volume 44, Issue 2, May 2019

Advancing women in science, medicine, and global health: a theme issue with the aim of showcasing research, commentary, and analysis that provide new explanations and evidence for action towards gender equity

The Lancet, Volume 393, 9 February 2019

Advancing gender equality through the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science: an exploratory study of women’s and men’s perceptions

Health Research Policy and Systems, 21 February 2018

How women can change the world in 'year of engineering'

BBC News, 20 January 2018

Oxford University gives women more time to pass exams

Telegraph, 22 January 2018

Why are there so few female engineers?

BBC News, 13 January 2018

Royal Society of Medicine Chief Executive delivers inaugural Athena SWAN talk

City, 24 October 2017


Athena SWAN website for more information on the impact of the charter outside the department.

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Equality and Diversity Unit to find out how the University is committed to an inclusive working environment.

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Athena SWAN at the University of Oxford for more information on what the University as a whole is doing to implement the Athena Swan Charter.

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Stonewall Diversity Champion to learn about the University's involvement in the Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme, which ensures acceptance of LGBT staff in the workplace.

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HR excellence in research to find out more about why the University has been recognised for a high standard of employee support.


OxFEST (Oxford Females in Engineering, Science and Technology) to find out what the University is doing to promote gender equality in STEM subjects.


WISE for more information on the campaign that is trying to promote gender equality in STEM subjects.


Conclusions and recommendations on women in scientific careers made by the Science and Technology Select Committee, on the House of Commons website.


Information for International Staff can be found here.

Daily Info provides further information on living and working in Oxford.

Please see the employment pages of the University website for more resources.





Video Spotlight on Shared Parental Leave

For Universal Children's Day 2019

International Women's Day 2019 - Video Profiles

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Deborah Goberdhan elected to the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles Executive Board

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Dayne Beccano-Kelly appointed World Parkinson Coalition Science Ambassador

The World Parkinson Coalition has brought in eight new Science Ambassadors to increase outreach to researchers ahead of their next major Congress.

Natalie Connor-Robson widens access to STEM skills with In2scienceUK

OPDC Career Development Fellow Natalie Connor-Robson was first generation in her family to go to university and is now delighted to be sharing STEM career advice with students taking part in the In2scienceUK programme.



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