OWN newsletter

The OWN newsletter is published every two weeks during term time and once a month during vacation. It is a compilation of events, news and achievements relating to gender equality and women at Oxford.

OWN newsletter, Wednesday 10 October

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Events and exhibitions

Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation

This panel discussion is a collaboration between St Anne’s College, the Science Innovation Union and OxFEST to discuss and promote gender equality and diversity in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine). Speakers will discuss the status and future of women in STEMM, the key findings of Elsevier’s report: Gender in the Global Research Landscape, as well as the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills to undertake initiatives like the African Science Academy, a girls’ science and technology school based in Ghana. For further information and to register.

Date: Monday 15 October

Time: 6.00-8.30pm

Venue: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road

Women and Cycling in Oxford - Isis Cyclists

Isis ride leaders will talk about what has made Isis Cyclists a resounding success and been so effective at encouraging women to start and to continue cycling – planning, leading rides, writing newsletters and publicising Isis cyclists. Leaders will talk about how this seed has grown and flourished into a successful and much enjoyed group over the past 10 years – and they would like to hear from you about how it could be made even better!

Date: Tuesday 16 October

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: St Michael’s at the Northgate, Cornmarket Street

Mary Somerville Lecture 2018: Excluding the Excluded

This year’s Mary Somerville Lecture will be given by Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, a child refugee, software engineer and autism advocate. Dame Stephanie Shirley (85) was an unaccompanied child refugee who took her maths degree at evening classes and was a late pioneer of computing. In 1962 she started what became a successful software company of women, for women; and then gave most of her self-made money away.

All are welcome to attend, to register please email principals.events@some.ox.ac.uk.

Date: Wednesday 24 October

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, Woodstock Road

A Hundred Years of Women in Law

2019 will mark 100 years since the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which removed the legal barrier to women working as lawyers on the grounds of their sex. The Law Faculty is hosting an exhibition in collaboration with First 100 Years. First 100 Years is a groundbreaking historical project, powered by the charity Spark21, which showcases the contribution of women to the legal profession. It creates female role models by championing the stories of leading women lawyers, shaping the future by celebrating the past. At the heart of the project is a new digital museum, made up of multimedia stories that tell the history of women in law. This exhibition has been created by the First 100 Years team based on the materials collected since the project began in 2014. All members of the University are welcome to view the exhibition.

Date: until Wednesday 31 October

Venue: Foyer of the St Cross Building, St Cross Road

Sappho to Suffrage: Women Who Dared

Pirates and poets, suffragettes and explorers - this exhibition celebrates the achievements of women who dared to do the unexpected. Sappho to Suffrage showcases some of the Bodleian's most remarkable and treasured items. Admission free. No booking required.

Date: Tuesday 6 March onwards (runs until February 2019)

Time: Monday to Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm, Sunday 11.00am-5.00pm

Venue: Treasury, Weston Library, Broad Street

Women at Oxford

New portrait unveiled at Harris Manchester College

On 30 May, Harris Manchester College honorary fellow and former Junior Research Fellow, the Rt Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, bishop of Ripon, the first Church of England woman to become a bishop, unveiled a contemporary photographic portrait of the first woman to train for the ministry in England, Gertrude von Petzold (1876-1952). Gertrude received her training at Manchester College, Oxford in the early 20th century. HMC are proud to display the photograph of Gertrude, taken in 1904, as a reminder of the College’s place in the history of female empowerment. To read more visit the HMC website.

Linacre Ladies that Lift

The Linacre Ladies that Lift, based in Linacre College, is a powerlifting club welcoming women, cis and trans, and people with complex gender identities that include ‘woman'. They are students, researchers, academics and staff at all levels who lift weights for different reasons. Members with substantial physical disabilities find that lifting gives them more independence. Other members lift as their way of keeping fit, or to build strength for other sports like rowing or athletics.

Some members lift competitively. On 28 July, in their age/bodyweight categories, Linacre Ladies that Lift from five colleges took four golds, two silvers and a bronze for their totals in the three-lift National Full Power Championships of the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association. These seven women have qualified for the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation Full Power Championships in Glasgow in early November. Two other Linacre Ladies posted good lifts for the three elements of the event (squat, bench press and deadlift), and performed well in a competitive field. This short documentary tells the story of the group.


Oxford Against Sexual Violence

A new service, launched on 1 October, provides free confidential support to any student who has been affected by sexual harassment or violence. Oxford Against Sexual Violence is a joint campaign between the University and Oxford University’s Student Union, sending a clear message that sexual harassment and violence of any form is unacceptable. Find out more.


Mellon Funding: Humanities & Identities Conferences and Workshops

TORCH welcomes proposals from Oxford researchers in the humanities or in collaboration with humanities scholars for grants of £500-£1,000 to support workshops and conferences relating to the headline theme ‘Humanities & Identities’. For details of how to apply. The next deadline is midday on Friday 16 November.

Career Support Network for administrative and support staff

The University’s Careers Support Network can help anyone who is a member of administrative or support staff in the University and who is looking for confidential, impartial advice about an internal job application or a job interview. The network offers access to a number of managers who are also experienced recruiters and who have volunteered to meet colleagues from across the University and mentor and guide on how to write effective job applications and prepare for/learn from interviews. Find out more.

Articles and resources

Shout Out for Women

Shout Out for Women is a trail across the collections of Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums. The trail has been created by staff to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. It aims to highlight just some of the incredible women who are represented within our wonderful collections and buildings, from artists and scientists to curators. Find out more and download the Shout Out For Women trail.

New Women in Science interviews

Seventeen new interviews have been added to the Women in Science project website. The aim of the project is to provide support to women making career decisions, by offering them the opportunity to explore a broad range of experiences shared by other women. Interviewees talk about a number of issues, including the culture of science, publishing, obtaining fellowship funding, having a mentor and Athena SWAN. The project update integrated content from the new interviews into the existing topics, and added two new topics on experiences of ‘Leadership, everyday working and administration’ and ‘Building spin-off companies and collaborating with industry’.

To download the below resources from Advance HE you will need to create an account using your Oxford email address.

Research Insight – The gender pay gap in English Higher Education

This report examines public pay gap statements from 122 English higher education institutions to ascertain the most commonly cited reasons for the gender pay gap in higher education. It also explores whether these explanations vary according to an institution’s size, mission group and participation in Athena SWAN.

Research Insight – Identifying good practice in successful Silver and Gold Athena SWAN applications

This report presents findings from a review of 61 successful UK Silver and Gold Athena SWAN and Juno Champion (IOP awards for gender equality in physics) applications from the November 2016 and April 2017 rounds.