Monthly Archives: March 2012

Quantitative Skills for All

What do social scientists need to know about science and maths? What should schools and universities be doing to make sure they have the necessary skills? This was at the heart of a recent meeting at the British Academy, where … Continue reading

Posted in Education | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Is (or was) your PhD an Ordeal?

If you answered yes to the question in the title, a recent report suggests you may be a chemist, and more specifically a female chemist.  A study carried out by the UKRC for the RSC about the PhD experience for … Continue reading

Posted in Research, Science Culture, Women in Science | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Taking Precautions

I have been reading the biography of Barbara Wootton by Ann Oakley. Baroness Wootton was a remarkable woman  (or, as the title of the book says, A Critical Woman), with an astonishing number of firsts to her name. Born in … Continue reading

Posted in Science Culture | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Apple(s), Tomatoes, Willetts and Public Engagement

It’s National Science and Engineering Week in the UK, or at least it is for most places. In Cambridge we celebrate it with a fortnight, and call it a Festival because there is just so much to squeeze in.  Many … Continue reading

Posted in Communicating Science, Science Funding | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Dangerous Assumptions

Last week I was put in touch with a reporter from my local newspaper, the Cambridge News, who was writing a story about the University’s Annual Report. They seemed concerned about the lack of women academic staff (and ethnic minorities) … Continue reading

Posted in Equality, Women in Science | Tagged , , , | 27 Comments