Steve Oldfield (CSED)
Friday 2nd December 2011
Most of us enjoy a holiday and feel that it does us good. It takes us away from the everyday routine of work and domestic tasks and lets us recharge our batteries. But even if we can't have a holiday today, with a bit of creative thinking and imagination we can bring some holiday elements into our lives and experience some of the calming and restorative benefits.
Thursday 17th November 2011
This academic year we continued our trial of occasional ResNet ‘social' events at varying times of day.
We celebrated the fact that the University of East Anglia became a member of the Athena Swan Charter on 19th October 2011 with a view to applying for award(s). This move became necessary due to an August 2011 announcement from the National Institute for Health Research who will no longer shortlist any NHS/university partnership for Biomedical Research Centre and Biomedical Research Unit funding unless the academic institution holds at least a silver award from the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science (see http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=417209&c=1).
Prof. Amanda Howe (MED)
Tuesday 11th October 2011
On 11th October Prof. Amanda Howe (MED) spoke to ResNet about how she felt the government's proposed NHS changes could impact on healthcare. This was very timely given the government's second reading of the Health and Social Care Bill 2010-11 in the House of Lords on the very same day. As a GP, academic and Fellow of the Royal College of GP's Amanda has great insight into the issues and led a candid and lively discussion. She described the history behind the reform bill and the challenges that would face GP commissioners in providing a cohesive service in a competitive market. Prof. Howe used women's healthcare as an example of how numerous strands of healthcare provision need to be coordinated to ensure an excellent service for all socioeconomic groups. Amanda finished by describing how she felt the reforms would impact on UEA both in the training of our medical and healthcare students and as an opportunity for enterprise.
Prof. Shirley Pearce CBE
Friday 1st July 2011
Shirley Pearce was Professor of Health Psychology at UEA and Dean of the Institute of Health. She led the successful bid for the UEA medical school and from 2001 to 2004 she served as a pro-Vice Chancellor. She is now Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University and on 1 July 2011 Prof. Pearce gave a lunchtime talk entitled‘A personal view of academic careers for women' to ResNet, the network for women in research.
Shirley began with an overview of the UK higher education system and the under-representation of women professors at most universities despite dominance at Researcher level. At 25% UEA is better than some but overall she feels ‘we are edging up from a dismal place'. She highlighted strategies adopted at Loughborough University including an equal pay audit of the professoriate and the need for executive teams to keep inequality issues firmly in sight.
Prof. Pearce's academic career grew out of developing a research interest in unexplained pain alongside working as a NHS clinical psychologist. She then did a PhD part-time while working as a lecturer and bringing up young children. A key element of Shirley's talk was that her work and personal life have always been closely intertwined. For example she told the group that wanting to move back to Norfolk so that her children could have the kind of upbringing she'd experienced here as a child, led her to move out of London for a post at UEA. Shirley kept the talk short to allow plenty of time for questions and several of these focussed on work-life balance. Shirley discussed the issues of managing childcare and said that one of the strategies she adopted was to insist on leaving meetings on time so that she could pick her children up from school. Other key messages were that academic careers usually involve taking risks and women need to develop confidence and not be complacent about putting themselves forward.
Dr. Heather Savigny (PSI)
Wednesday 11th May 2011
Dr. Heather Savigny presented a talk on her recent correspondence with the Executive Team, about female representation in the higher hierarchical levels of the university. Dr. Savigny is a senior lecturer in PSI, and wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor on the topic, which was co-signed by a large number of academics within UEA. During her talk, Dr. Savigny described her experience and summarised the changes in feminism since its origins, particularly the last few decades. The talk emphasised the importance of putting in place a supportive, cooperative environment at UEA, which will aid the equal advancement of all staff, particularly women and minorities.
The event on 11 May was followed by lunch, offering an opportunity for all in attendance to interact with each other. There was some lively discussion. The event was organised by ResNet – the contact, support and information network for women working in research.
Tuesday 8th March 2011
Jacqueline Mulhallen graduated from University of New South Wales (Hons, I, 1976), having worked her way round the world – acting, writing, teaching, production assistant at the BBC, waitress, barmaid, working on a sheep station and a yacht in the Mediterranean. Her plays, Sylvia and Rebels and Friends, toured with Lynx Theatre and Poetry (1987-1997). In 1992, she discovered a magazine containing reproductions of hitherto unknown paintings by Sylvia Pankhurst, and has since written and spoken extensively about Sylvia's art. She has continued to work in the theatre and also gained a PhD. (2008). Her book The Theatre of Shelley is shortly to be published by Open Book Publishers.
Sylvia Pankhurst has been called ‘the greatest Englishwoman of the 20th century'. As a young woman she won several scholarships to study art, and was instrumental in setting up The Women's Social and Political Union, later known as ‘the suffragettes'. However, differences with its leaders, her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel, led to her abandoning her art to build a strong working class women's movement in East London. Anti-fascist and socialist, she was to remain active in left wing politics all her life. Her championship of independence for Ethiopia led to her being invited to live there, where she died in 1960.