OWN Newsletter – November 2015



  • Understanding the opt-out revolution: How it fuels ambition and defines work-life balance, Professor Michelle Ryan, University of Exeter


Women continue to be under-represented in particular roles (such as leadership) and particular sectors (such as surgery or policing), and this has been explained by the fact that women actively choose to opt-out due to an innate lack of ambition and commitment. Michelle will present a series of studies to contradict such a claim and will demonstrate that women’s ambition erodes over time because perceptions of fit and belonging reduce with experience. Importantly, these fit processes have a strong impact of women’s perceptions of work-life balance and their willingness to make sacrifices for their careers. Implications for policy and practice will be discussed.


Full details can be found at: www.learning.ox.ac.uk/public/


Date: Thursday 12 November

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Venue: Oxford Learning Institute, Littlegate House, St Ebbe’s


  • Anti-bullying week


Two talks will be held during anti-bullying week, which runs from 16-20 November: Respectful behaviour, unconscious bias awareness, equality and how they link with mental well-being and Bystander Intervention (19 November). All are welcome and no booking required. The EDU is also holding a poster competition with the theme of “responsible bystander”. For details see the latest Equality and Diversity Newsletter: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/aboutus/


Date: Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 November

Time: 2.00pm

Venue: Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory Lecture Theatre, South Parks Road


  • Question Time: Personnel and Equality


All staff are invited to the first in a series of termly Question Time sessions, on the topic of Personnel and Equality. These sessions offer the opportunity to hear about some of the major issues facing the University and to ask senior officers about the issues that matter to you. The sessions form part of a wider strategy from Council to improve communication about University business and to increase transparency about decision-making. Tea and coffee will be provided from 11.45am and you are welcome to bring your own lunch. To find out more and book a place, visit: www.ox.ac.uk/staff/staff_communications/question-time.


Date: Monday 23 November

Time: 12.15-1.30pm

Venue: Oxford Martin School (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets)


  • Annual Diversity Conference: Pride and Prejudice – breaking down barriers in science


The Royal Society’s Annual Diversity Conference will examine the barriers to entry and progression in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that impact underrepresented groups with a particular focus on bias. The keynote speaker is Harvard Professor Mahzarin R. Banaji, founder of Project Implicit, who will deliver an interactive seminar entitled ‘Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People’. Project Implicit is utilised extensively in the field of unconscious bias. The event is free and all are welcome but booking is required: https://royalsociety.org/events/2015/11/diversity-conference/

Date: Monday 23 November

Time: 10.00am-4.00pm

Venue: The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


  • Devaki Jain Lecture with Graça Machel


Graça Machel will talk on the topic of ‘Leadership in Modern Africa: a feminist perspective’. Graça Machel DBE is a Mozambican politician and humanitarian. She is the widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela and of Mozambican president Samora Machel. She is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and in 1997 was made a British dame for her humanitarian work. The event is free but booking is required: www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk/about/events/event/2015/11/25//tx_cal_phpicalendar/devaki-jain-inaugural-lecture-with-graca-machel


Date: Wednesday 25 November

Time: 11.00am

Venue: St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road


  • Ada Lovelace Symposium 2015


The Ada Lovelace Symposium 2015 celebrates the 200th birthday of computer visionary Ada Lovelace. In addition to the main Symposium, there will be a workshop for graduate students and early career researchers on 8 December to discuss the varied cultural legacies of this extraordinary mathematician. Further details are available at: http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/adalovelace and registration is at: www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=70&prodid=386. Symposium Registration costs £40, and attendance at the Ada Lovelace birthday dinner, in Balliol College, £50.


Date: 9-10 December (Symposium)

Venue: The Mathematical Institute, Oxford



Women at Oxford


  • Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at the University of Oxford, is the joint winner, with Professor Edzard Ernst, of this year’s John Maddox Prize for standing up for science. The prize, named in honour of Sir John Maddox, a former editor of the journal Naturewho was a fearless defender of science, is designed to recognise scientists who argue for the rational assessment of scientific evidence in the face of deep, personal hostility. ‘In Susan Jebb and Edzard Ernst, we have two individuals who have used their scientific insights as a basis for principled positions about sugar and complementary medicine, respectively,’ said Sir Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of Nature and a member of the judging panel. ‘Both of them have felt the intense heat of influential opposition and have stood by their views, at who-knows-what cost to themselves’.
  • Oxford physicist Dr Tessa Baker has won the Women of the Future Award for Science. Dr Baker is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Physics and a fellow of All Souls College. The awards recognise young female talent in the UK.


Funding opportunities


  • The Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund and Returning Carers’ Fund

Applications are invited to the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund and the Returning Carers’ Fund, with deadlines for applications on Friday 20 November and Wednesday 11 November respectively. Full details and application forms are available on the Equality and Diversity Unit’s website:


VC’s Diversity Fund: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/inpractice/vc-fund/

Returning Carers’ Fund: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/inpractice/vc-fund/returning-carers/


In the case of the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund it should be noted that no more than £150,000 will be available in total, and that bids that impact on more than one department are likely to be prioritised. In assessing bids, the Advisory Group on the Fund will consider the range of projects already agreed and applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with these: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/inpractice/vc-fund/projects/. Bids in new areas and those demonstrating innovation will be welcomed, particularly applications for projects addressing a) inequalities in the Humanities and b) race equality, areas which have been notably underrepresented to date.


Any enquiries from prospective applicants should be directed to the relevant Divisional contact, as below, or the Equality & Diversity Unit (gender.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk).

  • Continuing Education: Peter Gambles
  • Humanities: Catherine McKiernan
  • Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences: Daisy Hung
  • Medical Sciences: Bríd Cronin
  • Social Sciences: Stephen Conway (VC’s Diversity Fund), Tanya Baldwin (Returning Carers’ Fund)



Job opportunities


  • Daphne Jackson Fellowships

Applications are invited for three University of Oxford-sponsored Daphne Jackson Fellowships that will be hosted in departments within the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (MPLS) or the Medical Sciences Division (MSD). This Fellowship is intended for individuals returning to research after a career break of two or more years, in the any of the disciplines covered by the two Divisions. Fellows are paid a salary, with an additional allowance for expenses such as conference attendance, and are offered retraining and mentoring opportunities to give Fellows the confidence and skills they need to successfully return to research. Fellowships are part-time over two years and consist of a stimulating research project and at least 100 hours of retraining per year. The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 8 January 2016. The posts are now live on the University job vacancy site: http://tinyurl.com/ovznttv.


Articles and resources


  • Is Britain Fairer?


In 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission produced its first report on equality (How Fair is Britain?) and separate report on human rights (the Human Rights Review) in 2012. Is Britain Fairer? is the Commission’s follow-up report on both equality and human rights. The report outlines the Commission’s findings and sets out the challenges for the future.




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