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Resources and Inspire Me

These pages have been designed to provide ideas and links to inspirational stories for all, though with an emphasis towards women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

Whenever you get a chance, please take a few minutes to watch, listen and read some of the amazing narratives below and if you have any comments or would like to see anything added please contact

We are also have a small library of books, for more information please send an email.



A new website, , has been launched to support women making career decisions  by exploring a range of experiences. It features a collection of video interviews with 39 women at various points in their careers to tell the story of an ongoing culture shift for women in the field. The women are based in a range of departments in the University of Oxford including biochemistry, computing and plant sciences, as well as medicine.

Videos and Podcasts

The Royal Society have created an animation and briefing on unconscious bias (adapted by Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FMedSci FRS) to introduce the key concepts and current academic research around unconscious bias

Sylvia McLain has worked with on a video abstract on amphipathic solvation of indole

Women in Medical Science. Successful female scientists share their stories and speak candidly about their career in medical sciences and life experiences. The series of lectures is open to men and women at all stages of their career and covers the pressing issues facing scientists today, including: career pathways, funding challenges, work and life balance, mentorship, and career progression.

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.

Begun by Michael Faraday in 1825, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES® are now broadcast on UK television every December and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations.  The theme of the lectures changes every year, and they are delivered by an expert in their field. Dr Alison Woollard explores the frontiers of developmental biology and uncovers the remarkable transformation of a single cell into a complex organism.

A Chemical Imbalance, a documentary film which together celebrate female scientists and look at why women are still so under-represented in STEM. It aims to highlight some of the persistent challenges still faced by women, and hopes to contribute to the wider debate about how we can progress towards equality.

The introductory talk at the inaugural annual Merton Equality Conversation was given by Professor Dame Athene Donald FRS, on the topic 'Stemming the leakage of women from academia: why do they leave?' and was followed by a discussion with panel members from Merton College, including Professor Judy Armitage, Professor Jenny PayneDr Rhiannon Ash and Abigail Adams.

This video celebrates women’s role at the University of Oxford. It explores the history of women’s education at the University, the impact of an Oxford education on women’s lives, and the challenges that remain.

Professor Elspeth Garman takes us on a journey into the world of crystallography. This film was supported by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC).

Jane Garvey and Teresa McGormark from Queens’ University Belfast (QUB) visited Bournemouth University to discuss the impact of Athena SWAN on science academics and share their experiences of QUB obtaining Silver and Gold institutional and departmental accreditation.  A video of their talk is available online (~40 minutes in length) where they discuss examples of QUB actions as well as Athena SWAN Do’s and Don’ts. As a result of their efforts QUB have seen the number of women in professorial positions rise from 11% in 2000 to 22% today and the proportion of academic-related posts held by women increase from 26% to almost 50%.

Dr Jenny Taylor interviews Professor Peter Donnelly about how the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics encourages its employees to have a better work-life balance. You can view the podcast here

Feminism in Oxford. As part of the 2015 International Women's Day, Melissa Benn (author of What Should We Tell Our Daughters?), Trudy Coe (Head of Oxford University's Equality and Diversity Unit), Caroline Criado-Perez (feminist campaigner and journalist) and Imaobong Umoren (DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford) discuss feminism and the state of women's rights. Video is on the TORCH website



Training and Development

Aurora: Developing future leaders for higher education

Aurora is for women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent working in a university, college or related organisation who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities.

For more information please see



YouTube Playlists

L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards 2014 (playlist): via @YouTube

Women in computing (playlist): via @YouTube

Fascinating talks from TEDWomen (playlist): via @YouTube

A list of videos about Biochemistry and molecular cell biology by the Royal Society via



Books, Publications and Links

The Royal Society have produced a booklet Parent Carer Scientist which celebrates the diversity of work life patterns of 150 scientists across the UK with the aim of increasing the visibility of people combining a career in science with a family life.

Diversity in R&D teams is essential to effectively tackle many of the world’s toughest problems. In this edition of International Innovation we explore the policies and programmes aimed at closing the gender gap, as well as the female scientists leading in science and technology fields.

CAPE: Behaviour Change (‘Nudge’) Insights in Equalities Policy. A 2014 Report from the Government Equalities Office and Economic and Social Research Council on behaviour change in equalities. Part of the creating a fairer and more equal society policy. 

The late Dame Professor Louise Johnson was profiled in the MRC produced book Suffrage Science and a link to the book can be found here

In March 2013 Nature produced a special edition dedicated to issues around the Gender Gap in Science. You can find an online copy of the journal here.

The Biochemical Society has a varied and interesting section on diversity with links to several interesting 'Women in Science' projects and events. For more details please see

Vitae is an organisation for the professional development of Researchers "dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development".

The impact of Athena SWAN in UK Medical Schools by Ian Gregory-Smith, March 2015. This paper examines the impact of the Athena SWAN initiative on female careers in UK medical schools. The full paper is available to download:

The ECU produces a range of publicactions including "The rationale for equality and diversity: How vice-chancellors and principals are leading change". This research looks at the broadest interpretation of the business case for equality and diversity in higher education institutions and suggests how vice-chancellors and principals can lead change.You can download a copy via the ECU website or click here.



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