The WiSci Project
The Women in Science Project was started in the Faculty of Science in 2007. It began with the awareness of the fact that, while women are well represented among undergraduate and postgraduate students and even among postdoctoral fellows, they are under-represented among staff in senior academic roles. Women are also over-represented in the lower levels of the academic hierarchy and tend not to apply for promotion in the same numbers as men.
The project’s focus is now the Division of Natural Sciences, which consists of the Faculties of Science, Veterinary Science, and Agriculture and Environment. We also work closely with the School of Medical Sciences. The project goals are to:
- Identify some of the obstacles that prevent women achieving senior roles in the sciences
- Encourage more women into senior academic roles within the Division of Natural Sciences
- Support more women to achieve satisfying and productive careers in science