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Engineering Diversity


Career Development Workshops for Early Career Women Scientists

These skills-based workshops are delivered jointly with Schlumberger Cambridge Research and are for early stage, independent women scientists (e.g. research fellows) from both the University of Cambridge and Schlumberger. The aims of the workshops are to foster links between the two organisations and encourage discussion of common career issues for women.

Previous workshops include:

  • ‘Working Smarter, Not Harder’, facilitated by Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris who specialises in training women in traditionally male dominated fields.
  • ‘Building Confidence in the Workplace’, facilitated by Madeleine Morgan; the workshop was designed for early career women scientists to help develop confidence and motivation to seek promotion, progress in an organisation and be assertive.

Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

Personal and Professional Development within the University provides an extensive range of training and development opportunities specifically for staff.

Springboard is the personal development programme specifically for female staff, researchers and graduate students in the University. Key areas covered include communication skills, assertiveness, self confidence, improving work/life balance and developing positive skills and attitudes.

SET-specific careers advisors are part of a well-developed careers service for staff. This service offers personal one-to-one careers advice appointments, careers workshops and large-scale careers events.

As a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) the University is also engaged in international initiatives to strengthen career support for research staff. The University actively contributed to the development of LERU's model Code of Practice for Research Employment.

Employment and Career Management Scheme (ECMS) for research staff. Detailed guidance is provided for both researchers and their supervisors on HR processes including induction, probation and appraisal. The adoption and launch of the ECMS represents a major indicator of Concordat implementation in Cambridge and is consistent with LERU's Code of Practice.