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Issue 486, 25 November 2002
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Royal Society Athena award

A recent University study into the progression of women in biological sciences has won a Royal Society Athena Award. Dr Anne Eady and Penny Hatton (SDDU) and Judith Russell (Equality Unit) presented the findings of the study to an audience at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 14 November.

The study has been aiming to find out why women are relatively poorly represented in academic positions in a discipline which they initially find very attractive. Although half of undergraduates, postgraduates and contract research staff in biological sciences are women, far fewer women progress into academic posts and particularly to senior levels. Leeds is typical of UK biological science faculties and the study aimed both to identify constraints to the appointment and promotion of female academic staff and to seek solutions to make academic posts more attractive to women and facilitate their retention and career progression.

The report highlights many issues common to both male and female academics, and sets out initiatives to tackle the issues. The executive summary of the report can be seen at

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