26 January 2014

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine

As part of Aberystwyth University’s 2014 celebrations of International Women’s Day (IWD), the Athena Swan Team is launching an exciting photography competition to win a £25 Amazon voucher for the most inspiring and evocative image related to the broad theme of ‘Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine (STEMM)’. The competition is open to all staff and students at Aberystwyth University.

Athena Swan Professor Kate Bullen commented “Athena SWAN focuses on the career progression women in STEMM, and this photography competition is a great opportunity to explore and highlight new ways of portraying of women in these subjects”. Dr Rachel Horsley & Dr Pip Nicholas Athena Swan Research Diversity Secondees add: “Aberystwyth is committed to supporting equality of opportunity for all; a key aspect of this commitment is demonstrated by the applications we are making for Athena Swan bronze awards for gender equality in STEMM. In addition, the Athena Swan team will be undertaking large-scale online survey study of women and men in STEMM subjects in the very near future to investigate the career progression experiences of students, academics, research staff, technical staff and administrators at all career stages. Your participation in this survey is really important, so we can identify ways that AU can support all individuals in achieving their career aspirations – look out for the email invitation at the end of January. We’ll also be conducting some focus groups (initially with just women) to explore barriers to and facilitators of applications for promotion. Both of these studies will be crucial in driving forward positive change for all those in STEMM at Aberystwyth University.” Additional information on Athena SWAN awards can be found on the Equality Challenge Unit website:

To enter the competition, please submit your photograph by email to Dr Rachel Horsley ( by 12 noon on Friday, February 21st 2014. Entries should be accompanied by the following information: Photographer Name; Photograph Title or Caption. Please submit your entry in advance of the deadline in case image file sizes cause submission problems. Late entries will not be accepted.

The winner will be notified by email by February 28th, and will receive their prize during the week long celebrations of International Women’s Day the following week (commencing March 3rd). By entering this competition you agree to the display of your photograph in hard or electronic copy around the university during this week. Attributed entries will be uploaded onto AU external web pages only with the entrant’s written permission and agreed terms of use.

The anonymised entries will be judged by a panel composed of five members of the Aberystwyth University and IBERS Athena Swan Self-Assessment Teams: Professor Chris Thomas (PVC for Research), Professor Kate Bullen (Athena Swan Professor), Gary Reed, Director of the Department of Research, Development and Innovation, Olymbia Petrou (Equality Advisor) and Joy Arkley (IBERS HR Business Partner).