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CamAWISE Reports and Publications

From time to time we will write up reports about our events, or about a survey we’ve run. We will keep links to all of these here.

CamAWiSE Career Day Report 2010 – a useful summary of the day’s high intensity career development training including key take home messages.

Cambridge AWiSE: Dealing with Sustainability of Networks.

Summary of a presentation by Dr Jenny Koenig, Cambridge AWiSE Steering Group. The UKRC Connect Networking Event, Mon 6 December 2010, Arup, London.

A Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers: report of a meeting held on 8th May 2007.

In May 2007, following reports that the Concordat for Career Management of Contract Research Staff was being revised, Cambridge AWiSE organised a networking meeting for Contract Research Staff. This meeting gave women (and men) the opportunity to voice their opinions and experiences relating to short-term contracts and the chance to discuss what they would like to see in a revised Concordat. Our report of the meeting can be read here, along with our response to the draft Concordat. Cambridge AWiSE strongly supports the general principles of the new Concordat and especially, Principle Six: Diversity and Equality. Within this, Cambridge AWiSE particularly applauds the commitment to flexible working as the default provision. However, specific arrangements for maternity leave cover or the ability to extend a research grant at the end of a period of paid maternity leave in the 1996 Concordat are no longer part of the new Concordat. Cambridge AWiSE would like to see this provision re-instated in the new Concordat.

The Business Case for Gender Diversity in Science and Engineering

During the summer of 2004, Cambridge AWiSE ran a questionnaire to find out the experiences of women who worked part-time or had requested flexible working in SET fields in both industry and academia. A joint meeting was then held with the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) at Cambridge University to explore the business case for gender diversity in industry and academia. The meeting was held in memory of Dr Joan Mason, a distinguished chemist and founding member and Chair of AWiSE. The resulting report shows that more could be done to encourage better management practices and policies which would enable more women to remain in scientific careers and progress further within them. It also showed that good practice from industry is readily transferable to other settings, including academia and SME’s.

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