News and events

Part of the school's commitment to fostering a welcoming environment for all members is to provide events which promote equality and diversity. Relevant upcoming events, as well as recent news, are detailed below. If there is an event missing which you would like to see posted here, please contact the EDC committee at physics-edc@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

News

Enhance your career

Description
On Friday 8th June Professor Averil MacDonald OBE delivered a workshop to 25 female postgrads and postdocs from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences aimed at developing the skills needed to be an effective leader.

Postgraduate Student Poster Session & Quiz

Postgraduate Student Poster Session & Quiz
Description
On Wednesday the 28th of March, an informal poster session and quiz was held for the postgraduate students within Physics and Astronomy. The aim was to provide students with the opportunity to learn about other research groups and to allow them to practice presenting their own work, e.g. for conferences. Students were advised that they could make a poster or bring an existing one from their group so as to reduce the pressure on busy students to spend time making a poster. To encourage attendance the event was shared via email, social media and word of mouth from the reps, and informative posters were distributed around various physics buildings. A quiz was arranged for immediately after the poster session to increase the enjoyment of the event. The poster session started at 4:30pm with the quiz starting at 6:30pm. Over 30 students attended the event.

First Physics and Astronomy (PANDA) postdoc forum of the year

Description
The first PANDA (Physics and Astronomy) Postdoc Forum of the year took place on Monday, March 19th. The meeting, organised by postdocs for postdocs, was an opportunity for the postdocs across the school to socialise and for the newcomers to learn the ropes from those who have been around for longer. There was a small presentation from Warrick Ball on the University/College/School perspective on supporting postdocs, some of the mechanisms that currently exist (e.g. PERCAT), and some of the current issues that are being investigated. It was also a good time to think about future events to be organised throughout the year.

Gender and pay inequality. Building a bridge or digging a tunnel?

Description
Do we need to rethink the whole fabric of what we value in society if we are to successfully tackle unequal pay in the workplace? In our latest Viewpoint Yvonne Sawbridge reflects on the issue of the gender pay gap.

International Women's Day 2018: What is there to celebrate?

Description
Professor Nic Cheeseman and Dr Jill Steans discuss how International Women's Day is an occasion to remind ourselves of the need to redouble our efforts to confront gender inequality around the world.

International Women's Day 2018: What is there to celebrate?

Description
Professor Nic Cheeseman and Dr Jill Steans discuss how International Women's Day is an occasion to remind ourselves of the need to redouble our efforts to confront gender inequality around the world.

School of Physics leads the way on gender equality

Description
The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham has become the tenth Juno Champion after displaying its determination and commitment to addressing gender inequities across its whole student and staff body.
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Events

PERCAT Careers Seminar: Contracts and Promotions

Date
19/07/2018
Description
The short-term contracts which are a key feature of the early stages of a research career mean that it is important that postdocs and early career research staff have an awareness of the issues around contracts and promotions which will affect them. Representatives from HR and senior academic staff from within the Colleges of EPS and LES will be joining us to provide an introduction for postdocs and early career researchers to contracts and promotions, from what to be aware of at the outset of a contract to what happens at the end of employment. This will be followed by a Q&A session.
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