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  • Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar

Morning, Thursday 14 April 2016, Central London

The future of STEM subjects in higher education: increasing student numbers, engaging with industry and improving female representation


Amanda Dickins, Deputy Director for Science and Society, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Professor Sir John Holman, Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of York; President-Elect, Royal Society of Chemistry and Founder, National Science Learning Centre and Sir William Wakeham, Author, The Wakeham Review of STEM Degree Provision and Graduate Employability


Rosalind Azouzi, Royal Aeronautical Society; Kirsten Bodley, STEMNET; Dr David Fox, Royal Society of Chemistry and Vulpine Science & Learning; Professor Timothy Gordon, University of Lincoln; Abbie Hutty, Airbus Defence and Space and 2013 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year; Dr Lucy Jones, Kingston University and WISE Campaign; Professor Elaine Martin, University of Leeds and Trustee Board of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Johnny Rich, Push; Tim Smith, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Amy Smith, Framestore

This event is CPD certified 

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  • Rosalind Franklin Appathon

This national app competition aims to empower women to become leaders in STEMM and is a fantastic opportunity to showcase leading women, working in the digital space from across the UK.
Applications can be submitted at before 4th January 2016 for a chance to win prizes from a panel of high profile judges, including Baroness Martha Lane Fox (Founder of, Andrew Eland (Director of Social Impact Engineering, Google) and Professor Dame Athene Donald (Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge). I’m also really pleased to let you know that Rosalind Franklin’s sister Jenifer Glynn will be joining us at the Awards Ceremony on 23rd February.
Our competition has two challenges:
Challenge 1: To develop new mobile phone apps to empower women in STEMM. This challenge is open to both women and men.  Ideas to get you started include apps to increase the visibility of role models, improve networking, increase visibility of equality issues and games to educate and inspire children. We’re interested to hear from everyone - from a complete novice with a good idea to an established Women in STEMM group, looking to improve communication among their members  - apps are ideal for busy women on the move! We are offering support for early stage ideas to build a working prototype and will be running a mentoring day in February to connect shortlisted applicants with a range of app mentors- from designers, programmers and developers to business leaders and digital startup companies.   
Challenge 2: To recognise leading women in STEMM who have pioneered new apps for research, enterprise and societal good. Help us to identify and support the female role models who are making a difference by submitting a 200 word nomination statement.
Today, there are more mobile phones than people on the planet and over 100 billion app downloads a year. We invite teams and individuals from all backgrounds to take advantage of this digital revolution to reach out to a global audience through apps, to empower and recognise a new generation of women leaders and change public perceptions of women in the digital space. The competition is linked to the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award that I had the pleasure to win in 2014. Please go to our website to find out more information and apply. Ruth Davis (ccd) can help with any questions about the process - it should be fairly simple by following the ‘enter the competition' link on


  • SENSE: Support for Equality Network in Science and Engineering
    Tuesday 15 December, 3.30 – 4.30pm, in the Great Hall

SENSE, will contribute to make our faculty better through connecting people, supporting collegiality, equality, and inclusion.

Our Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Price, will welcome everyone and say a few words about the plans for the network.  You’ll then have an opportunity to meet some new colleagues and catch up with those you already know over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

This new network is for everyone and you’ll have a chance to pass on your suggestions on how to make the Faculty a better place to work.  

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  • Annual Clare Macmahon Lecture: “A Growth Mindset” with Ms Elaine Coughlan

Queen’s Gender Initiative in partnership with the Queen’s Management School are proud to host this year’s annual Clare Macmahon Lecture, Tuesday 13th October (4pm – 6pm) in the Senate Room Queen’s University Belfast. The Lecture will be given by guest speaker Ms Elaine Coughlan. Elaine is a co-Founder and General Partner of Atlantic Bridge Capital a Global Growth Equity Technology Fund with over $450 million of assets under management, and over $300m of co-investment from Limited Partners. She is also a co-founder of Summit Bridge Capital which is a China Ireland focused Fund aimed at helping Irish companies scale in China. Elaine is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a qualified Chartered Director. She was named as one of Europe’s Top 100 Women in Technology and appointed by the Irish Government to the Board of Enterprise Ireland in 2014.

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  • 2015 Daphne Jackson Trust Research Conference
    on Thursday 15 October at the Wellcome Collection, London

The 2015 Daphne Jackson Trust Research Conference will showcase Fellows' research, provoke discussion and provide networking opportunities that will highlight the impact Daphne Jackson Fellowships have in supporting returners to STEM.  Daphne Jackson Trust Fellows are returning to research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines, and the conference will reflect this diversity with oral and poster presentations from more than 40 Daphne Jackson Fellows.  The programme for the day can be found at here.

Throughout the day delegates will have the opportunity to network with Fellowship sponsors, supervisors, former and current Fellows, Trust staff and other supporters.  The conference represents a unique opportunity to meet a large number of current and former Daphne Jackson Fellows, as well as the Trust's staff.  If you wish to attend please email.


  • Open Doors Conference 2015 (IOP)
    on 20 October at Northumberland Ave, London

Bringing education and subject specialists together with social scientists, psychologists and neuroscientists, the conference aims to start a discussion about current research into gender and education.  The conference, chaired by Dame Barbara Stocking, will open with an introduction from Caroline Dinenage, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Women, Equalities and Family Justice at the Ministry of Justice and the launch of our Open Doors guide.  Register via the following link and for more information you can visit the website.


  • Gender Equality Issues at Executive level in the Northern Ireland Public Sector
    Breakfast Briefing on Thursday 22 October 2015 at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey

This briefing will address gaps in our understanding of gender equality issues within the N.I. public sector. The seminar will examine strategic issues surrounding gender equality and argue that responsibility must rest at the top of organisations. There is no fee payable for this event.  Breakfast will be available at the start of the session.  Click here to reserve a place.


  • Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day which was initially set up in 2009 to encourage people to write about women in technology they admired. Today it has been further developed so that it now provides a means for recognition of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The annual Ada Lovelace Day falls on 13 October this year.  To find out additional information, please click here.  


  • Cambridge AWISE

Cambridge AWISE is a network providing regular networking opportunities and information for women in science, engineering and technology careers both within industry and academia. It is provides information for women considering returning to a career within these areas following a break. For additional information, please click here


  • Women in Mathematics Day

The London Mathematical Society organises the Women in Mathematics Day annually to provide a networking opportunity for female mathematicians. The day consists of presentations from women at different stages of their career, a poster session aimed at those in an early stage of their research career and also a forum for discussion purposes.  The Head of School funds a number of bursaries for PhD students, PDRAs or academic staff to attend the Women in Maths Event organised each year by the LMS.  This year, three PhD students in Maths/Statistics attended the two day event held in Cambridge.  For additional information, please click here