ResNet & MED Joint Event - 15th June 2016 ResNet & MED Joint Event - 15th June 2016

"The Feminisation of the Workplace: Is there a Problem?"

Wednesday 15th June 2016, 12:30 – 14:00, ZICER 2.03 (UEA Building #44,

In her article on the current Junior Doctor strikes online blogger Kathy Gyngell recently said ‘Modernisation – which means feminisation of the workforce – has come back to bite the hand that’s fed it’ ( With the percentages of women in the workplace increasing overall, have so called ‘female demands’ in the workplace caused strain and disquiet? Have part-time contracts and family friendly working environments negatively changed working culture? Is there a problem?

This will be a roundtable discussion with Susan Sayce (NBS), Jennifer Davey (HIS) & Laura Bowater (MED).

Susan Sayce is a Senior Lecturer in Norwich Business School, whose research interests are diversity and employment relations. She is currently the university’s UCU’s rep for equality as well as pensions and founding member and co-editor with Dr Kate Sang  of a new open-access electronic journal’ Interdisciplinary perspectives on equality and diversity : an international journal.

Jennifer Davey is Lecturer in Modern British History and her research interests include the history of women's politics. Jennifer’s recent and forthcoming publications explore the multifaceted nature of female political influence in Victorian Britain.

Laura Bowater is a Senior Lecturer in Norwich Medical School and Chair of the School’s Equality & Diversity and Athena SWAN Committee.

All are welcome - do come along and join the discussion!

The lunch is being co-funded by ResNet and the Norwich Medical School. For catering purposes, please book your place via the online form at, or call +44 (0)1603 593269.


MED Awarded Silver Athena SWAN Award MED Awarded Silver Athena SWAN Award

Norwich Medical School - An Athena SWAN Silver Award Holder

SEESAW's commitment to equality was recognised further in April 2015 when MED was awarded Silver status for the Athena SWAN charter, which we will formally receive at an awards ceremony in Greenwich on June 15th

The Athena SWAN charter embraces good employment practices for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM.

Since joining the Athena SWAN charter in 2011, Norwich Medical School has worked hard to analyse staff and student data to review many areas of working practice to look carefully for any evidence or perception of gender inequality and to nurture a supportive culture that fully values all staff members.

Professor Anne Marie Minihane, SEESAW member, said: "It is excellent news that we are now an Athena SWAN Silver accredited Medical School. The SEESAW committee has a comprehensive programme of ongoing actions, which we believe will make Norwich Medical School an even more satisfying supportive and equitable place to work for all".

June 2015

Athena SWAN Awards Athena SWAN Awards

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Norwich Medical School submitted its successful Athena Award submission in November 2013. For this round, the Awards Panels agreed to award 89 out of 125 applications (66 bronze, 20 silver, 3 gold). On the 10th July 2014, Laura Bowater and Anne-Marie Minihane, SEESAW members shown in picture, were delighted to attend the awards ceremony, hosted by Durham University, to collect the Bronze Award on behalf of Norwich Medical School and the SEESAW group from Professor Dame Julia Higgins (Professor of Polymer Science). The ceremony was an opportunity to hear about the progress being made around the UK in other universities to embed equality and diversity into working practices. For the Bronze Award, Norwich Medical School was commended for ‘considering all posts for part-time and flexible working'.

Attending the awards ceremony has provided a real impetus to positively move forward with our Silver Application which was submitted in November 2014

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