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, Tuesday 24 April

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Events and exhibitions

Panel Discussion: 'Opportunities in Technology Business'

We have all witnessed what changes technology can bring to our lives - the Internet, smart phones, wearable devices, 3D printing... The list goes on and on. OxFEST is hosting a panel discussion with guest speakers on the topic of 'opportunities in the current technology business'. Trinity is always a busy term, but OxFEST hope that this conversation will remind participants why they are doing those hard integrations and memorising all the long proofs or theorems - it's because technology is so fascinating! Aimed at students at all levels, registration is required.

Date: Wednesday 25 April

Time: 5.30-6.30pm

Venue: Provided on registration

The Lens of Gender: Research-led Teaching

In the first in a series of events organised by TORCH on the topic of diversifying the curriculum, this seminar will explore ways in which research deploys the lens of gender to disrupt and challenge fields of scholarship, and how that productive dislodging of perspective informs teaching (and could do so more radically), at both an individual and a more systemic level. All are welcome but booking is required. Lunch will be available from 12.30pm.

Date: Monday 31 April

Time: 12.45-2.00pm

Venue: TORCH seminar room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road

After a Century of Suffrage the Journey Must Continue

Thanks to the Suffragists and Suffragettes women have come a long way in the last century, but how far have we really come and what next? Speakers at this event, hosted by Somerville Principal Jan Royall, will be Helen Pankhurst and Jane Robinson. Places are limited and must be reserved by email

Date: Tuesday 1 May

Time: 5.30-6.30pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, Woodstock 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


Returning Carers Fund

The University’s Returning Carers Fund is a small-grants scheme to support women and men who have taken a break of at least six months for caring responsibilities to re-establish their research careers. The scheme is open to all members of academic and research staff employed by the University, including those holding joint appointments, but excluding those who have achieved full professorial title or who hold statutory chairs. Those currently on leave can apply for support on their return to work. The grants will pay for a range of activities, such as short-term administrative or research assistance, teaching buy-outs, conference attendance, visits of research collaborators and training in new research methods. The Hilary term call for applications is now open, with applications to be submitted by Friday 25 May.

For further information on how to apply, click here.

Nominations open: Inspiring and Innovating Science Awards

Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies have launched two global awards to celebrate women in science around the world. The Inspiring Science Award honours female scientists who have excelled in scientific discovery and have completed their PhD within the last ten years. The Innovating Science Award recognises an individual or an organisation that has led a grassroots initiative to support increased access to, or interest in, STEM subjects for girls and women around the globe.

The winners of the awards will be announced in October. Both winners will receive up to $10,000 to spend on initiatives linked to the award and free training from Nature Masterclasses. The Inspiring Science Award winner will also receive grants of up to $5,200 to support open access publication of their research in a Springer Nature journal, and the Innovating Science Award winner will receive up to $5,200 to support events related to their initiative.

For further information click here. The deadline for nominations is Monday 11 June.

Articles and resources

Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

The University has published its first report on average male and female earnings and the work under way to narrow the gap. The report shows a median pay gap of 13.7% between women and men, a consequence of the lack of women in senior roles across Oxford. It also reiterates that the University is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality and is tackling the gap as a priority issue.

Mid-career Academic Women and the Prestige Economy

Drawing on 30 semi-structured interviews with women academics based in London higher education institutions in the UK, this paper investigates the gendered nature of the prestige economy in academia. It explores how mid-career academic women strategise their career development and the opportunities and barriers they perceive, particularly in relation to the accrual of academic esteem. The analysis draws on the concept of prestige, or the indicators of esteem that help advance academic careers, against the backdrop of a higher education context which increasingly relies on quantitative data to make judgements about academic excellence. The interviews indicated that women generally feel that men access status and indicators of esteem more easily than they do. Many women also had ambivalent feelings about gaining recognition through prestige: they understood the importance of status and knew the ‘rules of the game’, but were critical of these rules and sometimes reluctant to overtly pursue prestige. The findings are valuable for understanding how women’s slow access to the highest levels of higher education institutions is shaped by the value that organisations place on individual status.