A couple of months ago I was asked to give evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee as part of their enquiry into Women and STEM. What they wanted to know was why there was still a problem for women in achieving senior levels in STEM academic careers. Having recently led the OU’s successful submission for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and having researched and written about gender and STEM for many years, I was asked to represent the OU and discuss what universities can do to help alleviate this situation.
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is running an Engaged Futures consultation. Alongside, and partly in coordination with this consultation, the NCCPE have launched a blog (NCCPE's blog).
The NCCPE team invited various stakeholders to contribute a post to the new blog as part of the Engaged Futures consultation. Authors were asked to imagine a future for some aspect of engaged research.
My contribution was based on an imagined future for postgraduate research and it titled 'An engaging thesis'. The NCCPE team are keen to start a discussion around these articles, which will grow in number in the coming weeks, so feel free to comment, circulate, etc.