For some women the challenges are greater than others.
At the Naturejobs Career Expo in London this September, a panel of four academics got together to discuss their wildly different careers. Jim Usherwood from the Royal Veterinary College only spends his time doing research. Anita Hall from Imperial College London only does teaching. Lorraine Kerr and Louise Horsfall from the University of Edinburgh split their time (with different percentages) between research, teaching, business and management.
In this short Q&A film three of the panellists give their opinions (based on their experiences) about the challenges they’ve faced as women in academia.
Anita Hall from Imperial College London touches on some of the stereotypical things, including self-confidence.
Louise Horsfall says “I feel that it’s been an advantage” to being a women in science. But as a junior lecturer this might change.
Lorraine Kerr, with her experience of working across the academia/industry background. hasn’t had any challenges, she’s pleased to report!
Other Q&A videos from the Naturejobs Career Expo, London 2014
Have you faced any challenges as a woman in academia? Or do you know anyone who has? Please share your thoughts with us using the comments section below.