University of Surrey
Who are the University of Surrey?
The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. Based on a beautiful campus in Guildford, the University provides an exceptional teaching and learning experience for students, delivers societal impact through world-class research and innovation, and shapes the future digital economy via its partnerships with businesses, governments and communities.
Surrey is renowned in the fields of science and engineering, with its Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS) home to over 500 staff and around 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Faculty is made up of four departments covering the physical sciences (Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics) and four engineering departments (Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Sciences). It also hosts the Centre for Environment and Strategy – the first centre of its kind in the UK when it was founded 20 years ago.
The University leads research which addresses some of the world’s biggest challenges. Among over 40 research centres within FEPS are the 5G Innovation Centre, which is collaborating with major industry partners to pioneer the next generation of mobile communications, and the Advanced Technology Institute, which is advancing electronic and photonic device technologies to bring solutions in areas such as solar energy capture. The Faculty also plays a key role in Innovation for Health, a new multidisciplinary programme aimed at training the professionals who will deliver the technology-driven solutions which will transform tomorrow’s healthcare service.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are the University of Surrey involved in?
The University of Surrey is dedicated to gender equality and the institutional Athena Swan Bronze recognises its current commitment through recruitment, retention and progression. Five departments hold a Bronze Award and one Department holds a Silver Award, alongside our Physics Department, which is a Juno practitioner. A number of our current initiatives are:
– Supporting staff to attend AURORA and SpringBoard which are women only development and leadership programmes, alongside encouraging women to engage with the coaching and mentoring schemes available at the university to help support their career development at all levels of the university.
– Creating and implementing pilot initiatives, such as the Women’s Development Programme with targeted academic promotions workshops and personal development plans resulting from OPQ psychometric assessments.
– Reduced teaching loads for staff returning from maternity/shared parental leave to allow them to focus on re-establishing their research portfolio.
– Vice Chancellor’s Inclusion and Career Investment Awards to enable colleagues with caring responsibilities to take up developmental opportunities, including a specific category for those returning from maternity/shared parental leave.
– Monitoring the flexible working policies, including requests relating to the timetabling of teaching, to ensure that the policy supports staff and reflects current needs.
Why did the University of Surrey join WISE?
“We know that teams that have members from a range of backgrounds are the strongest but to be able to recruit and work with such individuals we have to make them aware of what we have to offer. We see our membership of WISE as an excellent means to get our message out to the many talented women who would be excellent colleagues and collaborators.”
– Professor Julie Yeomans