School of Science

Equality and Diversity


Read the latest equality and diversity-related news from within the School of Science.

Maths PhD student Juliet Ojako helping coordinate #BlackExcellence Project at Loughborough University

The #BlackExcellence project was set up to inspire the black community in the UK to reach beyond barriers and celebrate those who have achieved great things.

It was set up in 2016 by Loughborough University alumnus, Ayodeji Akiwowo, with the core aim of increasing visibility through technology. This was after Akiwowo recognised that when asking for the name of a successful black engineer, scientist or businessperson, people often struggled. This was not because they did not exist, but because they lacked visibility.

The group has four Lead Volunteers – Ayodeji Akiwowo, Opeyemi Sanwoolu, Uju Duru and Juliet Ojiako. These are the four key people coordinating BE. Maths PhD student, Juliet Ojako, was recently interviewed by BBC East Midlands about the project, to spread the word further and promote the fantastic work they do.

Juliet Ojako said: “BE stands for Black Excellence. It also stands for BE what you want to BE, achieve your goals, excel and affect your community positively.”

They are currently building a ‘Black Excellence Achievers in the UK’video series.

You can find out more about the #BlackExcellence project here.


Launch of LGBT+ Physical Scientists Climate survey

The IOP, RSC, RAS will launch the report “Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ physical scientists” on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London. 

Last year, IOP, RAS and RSC launched the first UK climate survey looking at how open and inclusive the studying and workplace culture is for LGBT+ physical scientists. The results of this research will be presented at the event.

The event is free to attend, however registration is required by clicking here.

Student to host talk at the University with Holocaust survivor

A Loughborough student will be hosting a talk and presentation this Saturday (4 May) to teach others about the Holocaust.

Alejandro Argüelles, who studies Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University, is also the Regional Ambassador for Leicestershire and East Midlands at the Holocaust Educational Trust.

He will be joined by Holocaust survivor John Dobai, who as a child alongside his mother and father, experienced a pro-Nazi Hungarian government during their time in Budapest.

The Trust aims to teach as many people about the Holocaust and, more importantly, the lessons to be learnt to prevent something similar ever happening again.

The event is free and open for all to attend, but places must be booked online (those external to the University are asked to contact Alejandro directly).

It will take place in the Edward Herbert Building on the Loughborough campus from 11.30am-3pm.

For more details, please visit the Facebook event page.

BME Staff Network to host cultural fair at Loughborough

Open to all students and staff at the University, the cultural fair will be held on 8 May in Shirley Pearce Square between 4pm and 7pm.

The BME Staff Network, which relaunched last year, is putting on the free event to support good campus relations and celebrate diversity across the University.

Open remarks from Richard Taylor and the BME Staff Network will take place at 3.30pm, followed by a guest speaker.  

There will be a wide variety of stalls offering freshly cooked food from different cultures, as well as pop-up shops and a Kids Zone.

There will be live music and performances from student dance groups and local communities.

The BME Staff Network said: “We want to celebrate the rich diversity here on campus. From the student performances and the different cuisines to networking with staff and students from around the world. We are really looking forward to seeing staff and students at the event.”

More details about the event can be found here.

Loughborough students set to feature in independent films celebrating diversity in science

Four inspiring films featuring students from Loughborough University are being shown to celebrate diversity in science as part of British Science Week.

The films, produced by Dr Irina Linke from Germany, document the students’ journeys into the world of science.

They will be shown at 5.30pm on 14 March at Flix Cinema, Loughborough University.

Read the full story >>

Women of the #LboroFamily - sign up to support International Women's Day 2019

The University is looking for Loughborough staff, students, alumni and campus partners who self-identify as women to feature in our International Women’s Day (8 March 2019) activities.

This will take the form of an online profile for use on our website and social media channels.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact by Tuesday 26 February with a good-quality photo and answers to the following questions – a few lines for each is plenty!

• What is your role within, or relationship to, Loughborough University?

• Tell us about what you do and enjoy outside of work or study.

• What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

Please share this with anyone who might be interested, as we are looking to feature as wide a range of women as possible.

Loughborough University and LSU celebrate LGBT+ History Month

February is LGBT+ History Month and the University and Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) will be putting on a variety of events which all are welcome to attend.

The month launches at Loughborough this Saturday evening (2 February) with a night at John Cooper’s Bar, where there will be visiting LGBT+ DJs, a dancefloor and music from LGBT+ culture.

LGBT+ stash will be available to purchase in the Piazza at LSU on Monday 4 February from 11am-2pm, including t-shirts, rainbow wristbands, laces, lanyards and postcards, with all the profits going towards LGBT+ Association events.

A special panel discussion will take place on Monday 11 February discussing what it’s like to be LGBT+ in the workplace. Held in partnership with the Careers Network, the panellists will share their personal successes and struggles that they have experienced throughout their careers so far.  Speakers include alumni Gemma Lomas (Inclusion and Diversity Manager at the House of Lords) and Jamie Hooper (Senior Equality and Diversity Manager, Sport England).

From 13-26 February, head down to the Martin Hall Exhibition Space to view a photographic portrait exhibition featuring the University’s LGBT+ community by Ming de Nasty. The exhibition includes descriptions written by those photographed about how they identify and fit within the community. If you are interested in having your portrait taken, find out more information on the LU Arts website.

Other themed events will take place throughout the month including film screenings, coffee and cocktail hangouts as well as a creative writing class organised by LU Arts. There will also be Pride in STEM Research Showcase – a one-day event on 13 February presenting some of the research being carried out by LGBT+ researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in which they will also share their experiences as an LGBT+ person in STEM.

The month will close with Proud: A showcase of talent, on Tuesday 26 February. Experience an evening’s entertainment from staff and students at the University and LSU, including talented dancers, singers, drag queens, circus performers and magicians.

For further information about the events taking place, including times and venues, visit the dedicated webpage.

Message from the Director of E&D

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is conducting a survey on the types of racial harassment experienced in HEIs.

They want to hear from staff and students who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards.

For more information or to complete the survey click here.

Eugenie Hunsicker, Director of Equality and Diversity

Doctoral College to host upcoming event showcasing BAME research at Loughborough

An event showcasing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity (BAME) research at Loughborough University is to take place next month.

The University’s Doctoral College will host ‘BAME Research at Loughborough’ on 16 January in Room SMB017 (Stewart Mason Building).

From 1:30pm-4:30pm, the free event will give attendees the chance to ask questions and network with others. It will also highlight the work being carried out by a range of researchers and academics and will feature a series of presentations.

Those speaking at the event include Dr James EssonDr Line NyhagenDr Catherine ArmstrongDr Inês Varela-SilvaDr Angela DyDr Rohit DasguptaDr Steve BradburyCuomu Zhaxi and Dom Conricode.

The talks will explore topics such as the role of race and ethnicity in the classroom; the effects of race and racism on health; the importance of intersectionality; and the under-representation and racialised experiences of BAME coaches in sport.

The full programme, including speakers and the title of their presentations, can be found on the Doctoral College webpages.

All staff and students are welcome to attend. To book your place, visit the online store.

For more information about BAME Research at Loughborough, contact Dr Katryna Kalawsky by emailing

Supporting students with disabilities and long-term health conditions

As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to continually enhance the Loughborough experience for every student, a cross-University project team has been looking at the way in which we support students with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

The team – led by the Change Team and comprising members of the Counselling and Disability Service (CDS), IT Services, student representatives and other key individuals and groups – began by undertaking a broad review of students’ experiences of key points in their University life.

“We found that students’ experiences of the way in which their disability or health condition was supported were very inconsistent,” said Dr Anne Mumford, Director of the Change Projects team.

“We looked at various aspects of their University experience, including their access to learning and teaching facilities, the exam process and how they were supported while on placement or undertaking fieldwork. We also considered how the University collects and processes information about the students’ disabilities and health conditions.

“Essentially there was a lot of variation in practice across the University.

“As a result of the project we have been able to put in place some processes and systems that will improve consistency and the standard of support we provide for all our students with disabilities and long-term health conditions.”

The project team has developed two sets of adjustments: a standardised set and a set of bespoke ones, where the adjustments are tailored to the student’s requirements in consultation with their School and a CDS advisor.

IT Services have set up a portal that allows prospective students to provide details of their disability or health condition and upload evidence, such as consultants’ reports, of any additional requirements they need. CDS staff can access the portal and record details on LUSI (the University’s student database) of adjustments that need to be put in place for the students prior to their arrival. More than 500 students used the portal before they arrived.

All current students can also log in through the self-service facilities to see the adjustments that are in place for them.

These developments have built upon a pilot initiative last year that saw the Wavy Top building used a central exam venue for students with additional needs. These exams were previously held in the students’ Schools. Feedback from students after the first set of exams was very positive.

Dr Manuel Alonso, Director of Student Services, said: “People with disabilities and long-term health conditions make an active, positive and valued contribution to the life and culture of Loughborough.

“This is an important issue for us all – every academic School and Professional Service section, hall wardens, sub-wardens and hall managers. We all have a responsibility to make sure that everyone at the University has the very best experience at Loughborough. This project is a big step forward in working towards ensuring that.”

Innovative Lego support project receives award from ADSHE

Two tutors from the University have recently been awarded a  Practitioner Project Award by the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE).

Jackie Hatfield and Tina Horsman, who are both specialist tutors based within the Study Support Service, received confirmation of the award which will allow them to investigate using Lego® Serious Play® (LSP) within their practice.

The award aims to innovate and share good practice in learning and teaching and as a result, ADSHE has contributed £500 to the project.

This will investigate the value of using LSP within support sessions as a multisensory medium that will enable students to unpack complex challenges relating to themselves and their neurodiversity, as well as their academic work.

The initiative allows students to investigate, manipulate and represent their ideas physically before creating a verbal and textual response.

Mark Worrall, chair of ADSHE, said that the project proposal was ‘exciting, innovative and excellently presented’ and he was delighted to be able to give ADSHE’s backing to this practitioner project.

More information on the Study Support Service can be found here.

Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network relaunches with celebratory event

Last year, the Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network reformed and in April 2018, the Network celebrated the University’s commitment to supporting BAME staff by signing up to the Race Equality Charter.

To continue this celebration, the members of the Network are relaunching the group with an event on Wednesday 21 November.

The aims of the event are to raise awareness of the Network, and encourage black and minority ethnic staff to engage and to build on the progress made by the University in addressing race equality.

All black and minority ethnic staff and other school and department representatives have been invited to attend over the lunchtime period between 12pm-2pm at Burleigh Court. There will be speakers, multi-cultural music, dancers and food to enjoy.

Speakers include Richard Taylor, Chief Operating Officer and the University’s Race Equality Champion, and Amanda Daley, Professor of Behavioural Medicine from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. 

Following this, there will be an afternoon drop-in session from 2pm-4pm for BME staff to come and meet members of the support network, who can explain the purpose of the group and answer any questions staff members might have.

Co-Chair of the Network, Veronica Moore, said: “We want this event to be an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of black staff at all levels and to celebrate the progress the University is making in addressing racial inequality across the staff and student community.”

To find out more details about the event, please email Veronica Moore at Further information about the BME Network and other staff groups can be found here.

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti to deliver public lecture on gender equality at Loughborough University

Loughborough University will welcome Baroness Shami Chakrabarti on campus later this week as she is to lead an exciting public lecture on gender equality.

The talk, titled ‘Gender Equality: 100 Years on from the Representation of the People Act, where are we today?’, has been organised by the University in partnership with Equality Action -   a Loughborough-based charitythat promotes equality, diversity, dignity and respect through inclusion.

Taking place on Thursday 15 November, the lecture in the Edward Herbert Building will be followed by a Q&A with Shami, and include introductory comments from Stuart Brady, the Labour Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Loughborough.

Shami Chakrabarti is the Shadow Attorney General and a member of the House of Lords.

Probably most well-known for her time as Director of Liberty from 2003-2016, she was also a prominent member of the Leveson Inquiry panel in 2011.

Originally trained as a lawyer, she worked in the Home Office from 1996-2001 for Governments of both persuasions.

She has since been named an honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester, and has previously been Chancellor of both Oxford Brookes University and the University of Essex.

In 2005, she also received an honorary doctorate from Loughborough University.

Rev David Featonby, Chair of Equality Action, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Loughborough University on the importance of feminine equality - both historically and in the present times of uncertainty and divisiveness - by inviting Baroness Shami Chakrabarti to speak on Gender Equality.”

Professor Nick Clifford, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, added: “The School of Social Sciences is pleased to be hosting this exciting Public Lecture in partnership with Equality Action. We look forward to welcoming Shami, as well as staff, students and members of the community who will be attending this event.”

The public lecture will take place from 6:30pm in Room J.1.04 in the Edward Herbert Building at Loughborough University. For more details, and to book your place, visit the dedicated event webpage.

‌Loughborough maths alumnus Dr Nira Chamberlain makes Black Powerlist two years running

‌Dr Nira Chamberlain has been named as one of the Top 100 most influential black people in Britain as part of the 2019 Black Powerlist. 

Dr Chamberlain is a Senior Data Scientist at Holland & Barrett, having graduated from Loughborough with a M.Sc. in Industrial Mathematical Modelling in 1993. He is also a Visiting Fellow of the University’s Department of Mathematics.

The powerlist recognises men and women of African and African-Caribbean heritage with the “ability to change lives and alter events, as demonstrated over a protracted period of time and in a positive manner.”


Reporting racism and hate incidents

Loughborough is a vibrant and diverse community, made up of students, staff, athletes, visitors and those who work for campus-based organisations. We want to make sure that everyone who studies, works or trains here is able to do so within a fair and supportive environment that provides equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination.

Free speech and academic freedom are also part of our core values but we will not tolerate hate speech and discriminatory behaviour and harassment. If we become aware of any incidents that are perpetrated by or involve any member of the University community, we will take action.

If you see, hear or experience any such incidents, please let us know – this enables us to carry out an investigation and start any appropriate action.

If you are a student, details of who you can contact are available on the Student Handbook website.

Staff should report any incidents to the Security team (T: 222141), or you can also speak to our Equality and Diversity Staff Development Adviser.

BLOG POST: Stephanie Rankin-Turner - Taking my research to the other side of the world

Chemistry PhD student Stephanie Rankin-Turner has written a blog post about her experiences taking her research to the University of Yamanashi, Japan, as part of the UK cohort in the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) summer research programme.

Describing her summer in Japan as "one of the highlights of [her] career to date" and praising the support of her academic colleagues at Yamanashi, Stephanie goes on to recommend the JSPS programme to other PhD researchers as a way of experiencing working life "in another lab and another country" and gaining new perspectives and networking opportunities.

Last month, Stephanie was awarded the prestigious British Mass Spectrometry Society prize for her research project that resulted in the development of a new device for investigating fingerprints in situ at crime scenes.

You can read her blog post in full here.

Film celebrating female mathematicians from all over the globe to be showcased at popular London festival

A film created by a Loughborough University academic and her filmmaker sister that aims to shine a spotlight on female mathematicians is to be played at a popular London festival.

Senior Lecturer Dr Eugénie Hunsicker, of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and cinematographer and social anthropologist Dr Irina Linke released ‘Faces of Women in Mathematics’ earlier this year to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 (Thursday 8 March).


Dr Hunsicker named as recipient of the Suffrage Science Award

Dr Eugénie Hunsicker from Loughborough University has been announced as one of eleven scientists from across the UK to be awarded a Suffrage Science Award for Mathematics and Computing.

Dr Hunsicker - who is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University, and Director of Equality and Diversity in the School of Science - has been recognised for her achievements in science and for her work encouraging others to aim for leadership roles in the sector.

Stephanie Rankin-Turner awarded prestigious British Mass Spectrometry Society prize for work on fingerprint sampling device

A Loughborough University student has won a sought-after award for a research project that resulted in the development of a new device for investigating fingerprints in situ at crime scenes.

Stephanie Rankin-Turner, a Chemistry PhD student, was awarded the British Mass Spectrometry Society’s Bordoli Prize for the best young person’s poster presentation at the charity’s recent annual meeting.


Year 10 Girls into STEM residential hailed a success

More than 50 Year 10 girls arrived on campus last week for an exciting residential focused on STEM subjects.

The event, hosted by the School and College Liaison team, saw students attend a variety of academic talks and workshops that aimed to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.


Congratulations to Mollie Kilpatrick - Maths and Management BSc student wins Placement Student Award

Last night (14 June 2018) was the annual awards ceremony for Loughborough's Placement Student Awards and Department of Mathematical Sciences student Mollie Kilpatrick won the Private Sector (over 1000) category for her placement with IBM.

Mollie - described as "exceptional" by her IBM supervisor - spent her placement year as a Research Consultant supporting the company's Workforce Science and Analytics division that delivers HR solutions for the technology company's clients.


President of the Royal Society and Nobel Prize winner to present lecture on migration in science

Nobel Prize-winning biologist Professor Venki Ramakrishnan will be at the University this week presenting a lecture on migration in science.

The President of the Royal Society will discuss the implications for post-Brexit Britain on Friday 18 May as part of a series of events on migration led by the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS).

Those wishing to book a place can do so here. For more information on the Institute of Advanced Studies, visit the dedicated webpage.


Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture 2018 with Dr Jessica Wade

This year’s Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture introduced Loughborough to Dr Jessica Wade.

Dr Jessica Wade, a physicist based at Imperial College London, shared stories from her experience on the programme ‘Hidden No More’. A US Department Exchange Programme created following the release of the film Hidden Figures, Jessica joined 48 women from 48 countries to review international policies currently in place that champion women in science.


Theoretical physicist Professor Claudia Eberlein appointed as Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Science

The theoretical physicist Professor Claudia Eberlein has been appointed as Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Science.

Professor Eberlein, who is an ardent supporter of equality, in particular for women in science, was until recently Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex. She will take up her new role in September.


People from all backgrounds to be inspired at STEM Community Day 2018

From budding astrophysicists and mathematicians, to those with wild imaginations and a thirst for trying new things, Loughborough University aims to inspire everyone at its annual STEM Community Day on 21 April 2018.

The day will comprise a variety of activities that are suitable for school-aged children but are fun and engaging for everyone.


International Women's Day: Lougborough University mathematician puts female mathematicians in the spotlight

A Loughborough University mathematician and her filmmaker sister have created a video for International Women’s Day 2018.

Senior Lecturer Dr Eugénie Hunsicker, of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and cinematographer Dr Irina Linke have released ‘Faces of Women in Mathematics’ today (Thursday 8 March).

The 13-minute film comprises 146 clips of 243 women from around the world stating their name, nationality and that they are a mathematician.


Watch Dr Eugénie Hunsicker talk at Ada Lovelace Day Live! 2017

Loughborough University mathematician Dr Eugénie Hunsicker was one of the speakers at  Ada Lovelace Day Live! - a ‘science cabaret’ event celebrating the achievements of women in STEM. She was invited to speak at the event by Ada Lovelace Day founder Suw Charman-Anderson after being contacted about the Charman-Anderson’s Finding Ada podcast, but she has always been passionate about promoting gender diversity in STEM.

Dr Hunsicker's talk was entitled "How close are two pictures?" and explores the use of mathematics to process and compare images.


Graduate Grace returns to Loughborough - and is amazed by our new STEMLab facilities!

Graduate Grace Curtis-Holsgrove came back to the UK to visit family and give a presentation to pupils at her old school aimed at promoting STEM studies to girls. We invited her to rejoin us on campus and take a look around the University's newly opened STEMLab - and made a video of her reaction!


Renowned space scientist receives her Honorary Doctorate from Loughborough University

Space scientist and BBC Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University “in recognition of her contributions to science”.

Back in 2014, the University had the honour of welcoming Maggie to the campus as she delivered the first-ever Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture. Her talk, titled Women in Science: The Challenge, saw her discuss pioneering women in space science, her own adventures and triumphs and how female representation can be changed across STEM subjects.



Check out our upcoming (and past) equality and diversity-focused events within the School of Science and across the University.

A Pint of LGBT+ Science - 21 May 2019

Grab your pints, put your science caps on and join us upstairs in the Needle & Pin to find out the answer to life's most pressing questions from Loughborough University's LGBT+ researchers: Should we eat lasagna for breakfast? And is it still possible to commit the perfect crime?

Book here.


Claudia Parsons lecture 2019 - 15 May 2019

The University is holding its annual Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 15th May at 1.30pm, West Park Teaching Hub.

Dr Suzanne Imber is a planetary scientist and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Leicester. She will be giving this year's Claudia Parsons lecture, speaking about her journey to becoming a space scientist, the instruments and missions she has been working on and how, over the next decade, advances in the space industry will change our everyday lives.

For more information and to book you place >>


Cultural Fair for staff, students and community - 8 May 2019

Cultural fair hosted by the BME staff network.

This open air event is to celebrate all cultures at Loughborough University. It will include:

  • music
  • performers
  • food stalls
  • pop-up shops

The aim of the event is to support good campus relations through the sharing of different cultures through food and activities. 

More information here.

Vigil to honour victims of the New Zealand Mosque shootings - 21 March 2019

Staff and students are invited to a vigil today (Thursday 21 March) at 5pm to remember the victims of the New Zealand Mosque shootings.

Taking place at the Hazlerigg/Rutland Fountain, the event is being led by the Students’ Union’s Ethnic Minorities Network (EMN) to honour all those affected by this terrible attack and show a united front against Islamophobia and racism. They will be joined by the University’s Centre for Faith and Spirituality.

Diversity in Science film screening - 14 March 2019

Four inspiring films featuring students from Loughborough University are being shown to celebrate diversity in science as part of British Science Week.

The films, produced by Dr Irina Linke from Germany, document the students’ journeys into the world of science.

They will be shown at 5.30pm on 14 March at Flix Cinema, Loughborough University.

At the end of the films there will be panel discussion on the topic of diversity in science.

The panel will consist of Dr Irina Linke; Dr Eugenie Hunsicker, Director for Equality and Diversity in the School of Science; Jeff Dick: student who features in the films; and Juliet Ojiako, who features in Faces of Women in Mathematics film and is a PGR student in Mathematics.

For more information visit the Flix Cinema website.


'Female Leaders in STEM' talk - 14 March 2019

To mark International Women's Day, and National STEM week, the Loughborough Careers Network and Women's Engineering Society bring you an exclusive guest speaker event “Inspirational Female Leaders in STEM” on Thursday 14th March at 7pm.

Come along to hear our exclusive speakers talk about the realities of climbing to senior positions in the workplace as a female. They will share the personal experiences, struggles and successes they have experienced whilst progressing within their career.

Confirmed guest speakers:

  • Jill Lees, Chemistry Graduate, Director,HSE & Sustainability, E.ON
  • Gillian Mara, Sports Science Engineer, Senior Consultant, Lane4  
  • Adrienne Houston - Owner - Eurovacuum Products Ltd
  • Sylvia Lu, Electronics Engineer, 5G Tech Lead, u-blox

For more information, and to book, click here.

International Women's Day 2019 - 8 March 2019

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 - which takes place on Friday 8 March - the University will be running a variety of events throughout the week across campus.

From creative workshops, to inspiring career talks and film screenings, the events are open for both staff and students to attend and are all free of charge.

To find out more about what’s on this week and to book your place on certain events, visit the University's dedicated International Women’s Day webpage.

International Women's Day: Banner making workshop - 6 March 2019

  • 6 March 2019
  • 1pm-3pm/ 4pm-6pm
  • Loughborough Students' Union
  • Event website

Come and join leading textile artist Sarah Joy-Ford to create protest banners.  What are the issues as a woman you want to shout about?  

We will make eye-catching, creative banners, that make visible in a humorous or passionate way the issues that face women today.  Have a think about what yours might say and sign up to one of two free workshops taking place. The finished banners will then be used in the Women’s march which will go around campus on Friday 8 March from 2pm-4pm.
The workshop times and locations are as follows:
  • 1pm-3pm - Fusion
  • 4pm-6pm - Council Chamber (LSU)
Sarah-Joy Ford is an artist, curator and researcher currently based in Manchester. Sarah-Joy works with embroidery, quilting and surface pattern design in order to ask questions of feminist and queer narratives, fictions, histories and identities. Through the embodied materiality of textiles and an affinity with the domestic, the works slip between public and private moments, protest and parade, desire and loss.
Working with textiles situates the practice within the historically rich and complex relationship between needlework and women; one that has acted both as a tool for oppression and a weapon of resistance. This history incorporates an assortment of othered making practices, quilts, banners, knitting, folk art and other disobedient objects.
Contact details
Grace Lewis

Women In Science lecture series - 29 January 2019

The Women in Science lecture series is an annual series sponsored and organised by the Loughborough University School of Science. 

This series features women scientists talking both about their career and research and about the journey to where they are in their career and the interactions between their careers and lives outside of work. 
The lecture series forms part of the Athena Swan activities of the School of Science.
This year's lecture will be presented by Professor Janet Ainley of the University of Leicester.
More information >>

Pride in STEM Research Showcase - 13 February 2019

The Pride in STEM Research Showcase will present some of the diverse research being carried out by LGBT+ researchers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields. During this one-day event, researchers from all over the UK will give an insight into both their research and work as well as their experiences as an LGBT+ person in STEM.

For more information, click here.

BAME Research at Loughborough - 16 January 2019

A new equality and diversity event showcasing the important Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) research conducted at Loughborough University is to take place early next year, it has been announced. 

The University’s Doctoral College will host ‘BAME Research at Loughborough’ on 16 January 2019 (1:30pm-4:30pm) in SMB017, Stewart Mason Building.

The event will feature the work being carried out by a range of researchers and academics and will give attendees the chance to ask questions, network with others, and learn about the LSU’s Ethnic Minorities Network.

The speakers taking part in the event and the titles of their presentations will be announced in due course.

It is free to attend and all are welcome. Those interested can book a place here.

If you have any questions about this event or would like to present your BAME research, please contact the event organiser, Dr Katryna Kalawsky at

Centre for Faith and Spirituality annual lecture: Turning the world upside down - 22 November 2018

About this event

Has the Church mislaid its mission?

'The early apostles were accused of turning the world upside-down. They did so without engaging politically or fighting for the social and economic justice that we often consider the church's present day agenda. Yet they radically challenged its culture and proclaimed that Christ not Caesar or the gods of Rome was Lord. We examine how they did this and ask if the contemporary church traded in the radical message of Christ's Lordship for something lesser?'

Rev Dr Derek Tidball, for many years was Principal of London School of Theology. Formerly minister of two Baptist churches, Derek had also been Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council and President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Since leaving LST, he has held teaching appointments in two British theological colleges and taught Masters' courses in Sri Lanka, India, Australia and the United States. He has authored over thirty books and many articles.

  • 22 November 2018
  • 7pm
  • J104, Edward Herbert Building

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BME staff network event - 21 November 2018

On Wednesday 21 November 2018 the BME Staff Network will host a networking event at Burleigh Court Hotel.

The event’s main purpose is to relaunch the network and will include keynote speakers and lunch.

To book your place click here.

Gender Equality: 100 Years on from the Representation of the People Act, where are we today? - 15 November 2018

Equality Action's Public Lecture in partnership with the School of Social Sciences, Loughborough University.

Guest Speaker: Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General

  • 15 November 2018
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Room J.1.04, Edward Herbert Building

'Gender Equality: 100 Years on from the Representation of the People Act, where are we today?' - A speech and Q&A with Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General, with introductory comments from Stuart Brady, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Loughborough.

Shami Chakrabarti is the Shadow Attorney General and a member of the House of Lords.

Called to the Bar in 1994, she worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996-2001 for Governments of both persuasions. She is honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester, Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. She was previously Chancellor of both Oxford Brookes University and the University of Essex.

Baroness Chakrabarti was the Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties, from 2003-2016, and was also a member of the panel of the Leveson Inquiry, the 2011 UK phone hacking judicial inquiry.

Shami’s first book, On Liberty, is published by Penguin. Her second, Of Women, was published on 26 October 2017.

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National Stress Awareness Day - 7 November 2018

This year, as part of National Stress Awareness Day (7 November), the University is putting on a number of activities for staff to help reduce stress and build resilience.

The Staff Development team will be holding drop-in sessions that will incorporate aspects of the University’s ‘Building Your Resilience’ programme. In fifteen minute slots, the team will provide some tips on resilience and also advise about upcoming learning events related to wellbeing at work.

These short sessions will take place from 12pm-1pm with Pauline Matturi (Room 1.06, Rutland Building) and 2pm-3pm with Claire Jagger (Room 1.12, Rutland Building). If you would like to attend a session, please email and specify which slot you would like to attend (e.g. 12.15pm, 2.30pm).

In addition, SDC will also be running two sports sessions at the Holywell Fitness Centre.

From 12pm-1pm, instructor Barry Shine will be teaching ‘Fitness Boxing’. Not only does it improve overall body strength, but boxing has also been proven to decrease stress and anxiety.

At 1pm, Paul Tyson will be running a ‘Fitness Yoga’ class. Known for its mental and physical health benefits, yoga allows you to focus on your breathing and relax your muscles.

The events are free to attend and all staff are welcome.

Employee Assistance Programme

If you are experiencing symptoms of stress, you may find it helpful to use the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

The EAP is an initiative that is part of the University’s commitment to provide support for staff wellbeing, and includes counselling services. The service can be accessed 24/7 online (using code 'lborowell') or by ringing 0800 111 6387. More information can be found here.

The EAP website includes a number of support articles and videos which focus on stress in the workplace, such as tips for managing your workload, as well as coping with stress and mental health at work. 

More information about coping with stress can also be found on the following websites:

Black History Month Alumni and Student Career Event - 25 October 2018

9.1 million people in the UK are from ethnic backgrounds and by 2021, 20% of the population will be of ethnic origin. Despite this, people from ethnic minorities are still facing major jobs gaps and pay gaps in UK. 

At this event, you will hear the experiences, struggles and successes of our speakers from ethnic minority groups working for a range of graduate level companies. They will share their stories, tips and give insights on their employer's activities and support for ethnic minorities in the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to speak with the guest speakers during the event.

Speakers confirmed include alumni and current students from:

EY (placement student)
Confederation of British Industry (CBI) (Politics and International Relations finalist)
Facebook (Economics graduate 2018)
Vodaphone (Chemistry graduate 2018)
H&R ChemPharm (UK) Ltd - Chemistry finalist

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Year 10 Girls into STEM10th - 13 July 2018

10th - 13th July 2018

This event is now full for 2018 but teachers are welcome to register their interest for 2019.


A free 4 day residential event for Year 10 girls on the Loughborough campus.

This residential aims to raise interest in STEM subjects and careers amongst year 10 girls through a team project and a series of academic workshops and talks. The students will work in small groups, supported by one of our Student Ambassadors to develop a proposal for a Sustainable Island Community for the Future. During the week, the girls will participate in a variety of academic talks and workshops which help them to develop solutions for the issues their community might need to overcome to establish themselves on the island.

The girls will also take part in a range of activities to give them a flavour of what life might be like at a University; they will stay in a university Hall on our campus and eat in our dining rooms.

This event is supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund, a non-profit organization and the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company and so is free for the students to attend.

Teachers who are interested in nominating teams of students for this event should contact Lisa Ambler.

Women in Science Seminar - 06 June 2018

Dr. Shabnam Beheshti, a Mathematician at Queen Mary University, London, is to present a guest lecture on Wednesday 6 June as part of the School's Women in Science seminar series. 

Dr Beheshti will first talk on her research in Geometric Analysis at 12.00 pm followed by her leadership and E&D talk at 1.00 pm.

The presentations will be held in the Stewart Mason Building, SMB.0.02 from 12.00 pm.

All welcome.

Public Talk - Professor Patricia Fara

Public Talk - Professor Patricia Fara (A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in WW1)

Wednesday 2nd May at 5:00 pm, Professor Patricia Fara (Cambridge University) at the Design School, Room 0.17.

The talk is based on her recent publication 'A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in WW1' (OUP, 2018) and is part of the commemoration of the centenary of Votes for Women and the Community Festival, 'Deeds Not Words', 2nd - 5th  May. 

Patricia Fara is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and the President of the Society for the History of Science.  She has published widely, and her prize-winning book 'Science:  A Four Thousand Year History' (OUP, 2009) has been translated into nine languages. Her talk will focus on the pivotal, but largely untold, roles of women scientists, doctors and engineers during WW1, how their work contributed to the war effort and the Suffrage movement, and of course, what happened to them after the war was over.

Please register for the talk here 

For further information, or to request printed tickets please contact Dr Inês Varela-Silva

Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture 2018

The University is holding its annual Gender Equality Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 18th April at 1.30pm, West park teaching hub. It will be followed by a Research Showcase celebrating Loughborough’s gender research.

Dr Jess Wade will deliver the lecture who will share stories from “Hidden No More”, a US State Department exchange program where she joined 48 women from 48 countries to review international policies that champion women in science. As Jess also loves new materials, her lecture will also explore her work making flexible devices in the Centre for Plastic Electronics and the contributions made by women throughout history.

Details for the lecture can be found here:

The lecture will be followed by a research showcase comprising lightening talks on gender delivered by a mix of Loughborough’s researchers from across campus.

Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture 2017

How to Build a Scientist – Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture 2017

The annual Claudia Parsons Lecture for 2017 will be given by Dr Emily Grossman on 13 March.

Dr Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics as well as a broadcaster with regular appearances as a presenter and guest reporter on the BBC, Sky News and ITV.

The ‘How to Build a Scientist’ lecture discusses her life as a scientist, actress and science broadcaster.

She will share her experiences as a woman in science and explore the value of emotions in science. Emily will also discuss exciting advances in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine and asks whether one day we’ll be able to rebuild a human.

The Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture series is part of the Athena SWANinitiative, a national gender equality programme that recognises the need to support the careers of women in STEM subjects.

Claudia Parsons was a student at Loughborough College from 1919-1922, and was one of the first women to receive a diploma in Automobile Engineering. She became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and wrote about her experience in a number of influential travel books.

Chair of Loughborough’s Athena SWAN self-assessment team, Professor Steve Rothberg, commented: “We named our lecture series in memory of Claudia Parsons because she understood what a student experience was all about. She went on to become the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and was an inspiration. Through Emily’s lecture, we hope to inspire everybody, women and men, with an interest in or a responsibility for careers in the scientific workforce.”

The open lecture will take place in the University’s West Park Teaching Hub, WPT.0.02 at 6pm on 13 March.

Booking is essential, please register your attendance here.

Networking lunch for academic women - 21 May 2015

A networking lunch aimed at female members of staff in the School of Science was hosted by the Athena Swan/Juno team on 21 May 2015. It was chance for staff members to discuss the roles of academic women within the School, and progress opportunities. It was an open forum through which female members of staff from departments across the School could come together to discuss such gender related issues.

Women in Science Lunch 2016

The School of Science,  in association with the Athena Swan/Juno initiative, will be hosting two Women in Science events.  There will be discussion about the roles, positions, progress, thoughts and feelings of women within the School of Science and lunch will be provided. These meetings will address issues and concerns that relate particularly to female staff within the school. The agenda for either session is open to your thoughts, wishes and concerns in relation to all aspects of professional life at LU.  

 Each session will be organised in a friendly, professional fashion with the following parts:


  • An invitation to talk with 2 colleagues from other areas of the school to raise matters of interest/concern.
  • Open forum, bringing matters of interest/concern to the attention of all
  • Discussion – opportunity to comment on what has been aired and bring further thoughts
  • A way ahead.

Invitations have already been issued through Outlook.  If you have not received an invitation, please contact SCI-Admin.  In order to arrange catering, please would you accept or decline this invitation as appropriate. 

Session 1: Tuesday 12 April 2016, 12:30 - 14:30 in the Jennings Council Chamber, Hazlerigg (201.2.12) 

The general administration offices will be closed during the event to facilitate participation if needed.  In particular we will focus on secondments and returning after maternity leave. 

Session 2:  Friday May 27, 2016 from 13:00 - 15:00 in the Jennings Council Chamber, Hazlerigg (201.2.12) 

This session will address issues and concerns that relate particularly to academic female staff within the school

Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture 2016

"The Bubble: Good in the ocean and bad in the workforce"

Dr Helen Czerski


Dr Helen Czerski, physicist and oceanographer, is set to present a guest lecture on 11 May as part of Loughborough University’s Claudia Parsons lecture series.

The series is aimed at raising the profile of women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as part of the national Athena SWAN initiative.

Dr Czerski will present The Bubble: Good in the ocean and bad in the workforce, which will explore her own path in science and her love of the ocean.

Passionate about real women working in science, Dr Czerski’s research focuses on the optics and acoustics of ocean bubbles and the influence of ocean bubbles on the atmosphere.

Helen, a familiar face from BBC science programmes, comments: “We're surrounded by fascinating science all the time, but we don't notice most of it.

“A scientific career is a path full of adventures, ideas and exploration. Its greatest strength is probably the same as its greatest weakness: it’s a journey taken by and with human beings. Human culture hasn’t always given everyone the same opportunities on that journey, but science has reinvention built into its core, so there is good cause for optimism.

“This lecture will discuss how a modernisation of our scientific system will benefit everyone, not just women, and explore why we should all think about bubbles more.”

The series of lectures are part of the Athena SWAN initiative, a national programme that recognises the need to support the careers of women in STEM subjects.

Claudia Parsons was a student at Loughborough College from 1919-22, and was one of the first women to receive a diploma in Automobile Engineering. She became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and wrote about her experience in a number of influential travel books.

Chair of Loughborough’s Athena SWAN self-assessment team, Professor Steve Rothberg, adds: “We named our lecture series in memory of Claudia Parsons who was a Loughborough student from 1919-22 one of the first women to receive a Diploma in Automobile Engineering. Claudia understood what a student experience was all about. She went on to become the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and was an inspiration. Through Helen’s lecture, we hope to inspire everybody, women and men, with an interest in or a responsibility for careers in the scientific workforce.”

The open lecture will take place in the University’s Edward Herbert Building, J.1.04 at 5.30pm.

Booking is essential, please register your attendance here.

Project Demystifying Event - 11 March 2015

On 11 March 2015, an event named Promotion Demystifying was held in the Council Chamber, Hazelrigg Building.

This event was open to all RTE (Research, Teaching and Enterprise), RE (Research) and TS (Teaching and Scholarship) staff in the School of Science.

The aim of this event was to help staff to think strategically about their career and focus on what they actually need to do to build a successful promotion or award or salary increment case in the future.

Sometimes too much paperwork and all the regulations involved can be overwhelming, and it is hard to gain a clear picture of what is really needed in practice. This event provided the opportunity to learn from the experts, ask questions and network. The event was equally appropriate for those thinking about applying, or supporting a colleague to apply, for promotion.

The Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chris Linton gave a presentation on the current promotion/award rules and some insight into how they will change under the current University review. The Dean of the School of Science, Prof. Mark Biggs, discussed the School of Science Awards and Mentoring Schemes. The two presentations were followed by two training activities, one to allow staff identify what skills are needed, the other a networking opportunity across the school in order to build contacts and find support.

This event was funded by the School of Science Athena SWAN fund. 

See the video recordings of the event here.

Assertiveness training - 11 November 2015

A workshop aimed at encouraging female support, technical and academic staff to explore assertiveness was held on 11 November 2015. Run by Loughborough University's Staff Development team, it explored ways of being more assertive in the workplace and to look at strategies to improve career progression through positive assertive behaviour. Staff were asked to identify situations where they lack confidence, to practice when to say no and be assertive and to build an action plan for themselves to help deal with difficult situations.

Unconscious bias training - 25 November 2015

The Institute of Physics visited Loughborough University on 25 November 2015, to hold Unconscious Bias training for School of Science staff. The workshop, delivered by Dr Pete Jones - a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist - focussed on unconscious bias in science and how it can create an unwitting barrier to the progression of women and other minority groups.

Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture 2015

The importance of encouraging more women to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will be discussed at Loughborough University next month.

Engineer, TV and radio presenter Kate Bellingham will lead an open lecture on ‘Tech versus Talent in Tomorrow’s World’ as part of the University’s second Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture on Monday 18 May at 6pm.

Kate campaigns for more women and girls to be given the opportunity to be involved in STEM. With so few women choosing engineering or the physical sciences in this country, she believes that the UK is missing out on nearly half of the available talent.

Kate, who has a degree in physics, was a presenter of the BBC’s former flagship science and technology programme Tomorrow’s World for four years and is a former Patron of WISE – Women into Science and Engineering. Kate is also the recipient of a UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievement Award for Communicating Science, Engineering and Technology to Society.

“As a champion for girls’ opportunities in engineering and technology, I’m passionate that young women, and their influencers, are made aware of the doors opened by studying STEM subjects,” she said.

“I have seen 25 years’ worth of predictions for ‘tomorrow’s technology’ and by using the ‘internet of things’ as an example, I will show the importance of skilled and talented people in creating the future.”

The series of lectures has been launched as part of the Athena SWAN initiative, a national programme that recognises the need to support the careers of women in STEM subjects.

Claudia Parsons was a student at Loughborough College from 1919-22, and was one of the first women to receive a diploma in Automobile Engineering. She became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and wrote about her experience in a number of influential travel books.

Professor Steve Rothberg, chair of Loughborough’s Athena SWAN self-assessment team, said: “Surveys show incredibly high levels of satisfaction among women in the STEM workforce, but the gender gap is way too wide. At Loughborough, we are working hard to close the gap because women are missing out on rewarding careers and science is missing out on some incredible talent.

“Kate is a respected supporter of women in STEM and we are delighted to welcome her to campus for our Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture. We hope that Kate will help us to inspire young women to pursue the careers in STEM that are so critical to our future prosperity.”

The open lecture will take place in the University’s Stewart Mason Building, Room 0.14. Booking is essential. Register your attendance here.