Roles women (are allowed to) play in Science, Engineering and Technology.

I am becoming quite irritated by some of the recent crop of adverts on British television, particularly the British Airways and Virgin Airways offerings. It became particularly pointed when they ran in quick succession recently. The British Airways advert traces the history of the men who developed the routes and made flying safer, leaving their […]

Raised cortisol levels in nursery children: stressing them for life?

New mums face many challenges after the birth of their child. A huge and complex decision for many is whether to stay at home or go back to work.  Half of British mothers go back to work before their child is a year old. Research has begun to focus on the immediate effects of nursery-centred […]

Gender Equality and Development

  The World Bank’s annual report World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development published on  September 19th  surprises by its findings, particularly when reporting  4 million excess of female deaths worldwide: “4 million girls and women are missing in developing countries as compared with their counterparts in developed countries” said Robert Zoellick, President of […]


In2scienceUK offers underprivileged students currently completing Science AS levels in deprived schools the opportunity to work alongside practising scientists for a 1-2 week period, giving students an insight into scientific research and development. Why is this important? Intelligent pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and traditionally low achieving schools face major obstacles resulting in few pupils obtaining […]

Winning Women in Science, Engineering and Technology in Higher Education

A project funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) to identify good practice in attracting and retaining more women in science, engineering and technology in Higher Education in Scotland. Background I ran this project in the mid 90’s. The project team came from Stirling and Dundee Universities and we were funded to create […]


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  Mums in Science was established in 2005 to support parents who work,  have worked or want to work in any aspect of science. Too many women leave science due to the constraints of motherhood. Some struggle, and work part time, at the expense of advancing their career. Others change their career to fit in [...]

The Mums in Science Site is being upgraded

The Mums in Science Site is being upgraded Please bear with us for a totally new site. Estimated launch SEPT 2011 If you would like to be a section editor for the new site or if you have sponsorship enquiries please contact [email protected] In the mean time we have a few links of interest on the site […]

BBC report suggest that subtle messages in the media put women off Science

A BBC report from Hannah Richardson, suggests that women are being put off working in and studying science by “subtle” messages in the media and society “UKRC research suggests women scientists are stereotyped. They are portrayed as either frumpy, glasses-wearing cartoon geeks or uber-sexy, Bond-film glamour pusses – who shake their hair out of their specs […]


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Female postdocs are more positive about their career success

Rachel Bowden reports that female postdocs are more positive about their career success to date than other female academics. Her blog, looking at female post doc attitudes, suggests a more positive outlook for younger generations of scientists.  There is also the implication  of greater availability of flexible working is having a beneficial effect on career […]

Research Fellow

University of Edinburgh – Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Location: Edinburgh Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 Hours: Full Time Contract Type: Contract / Temporary £32,004 – £38,183pa for 35 hours per week – fixed term for 18 months A Research Fellow position is available with Dr Liam Morrison and Dr Finn Grey at the Roslin […]