Diversity and Inclusion Award

Claire Doswell


This year, Claire spearheaded the highly successful Identifying Barriers in STEM seminar series which increased awareness of barriers to inclusion and promoted positive cultural change within the School of Chemistry. She single-handedly raised RSC funding for the event and promoted the series via a powerful social media campaign. During the series, five fantastic external speakers brought to light their lived experience of being disabled, transgender, Black and female, first-generation and autistic in STEM to an international audience from within and outside of the University of Birmingham. The series had inclusivity firmly at its heart: Claire ensured the seminars were free, open to anyone, auto captioned, recorded and moderated, to provide a safe environment for speakers and participants to discuss complex, challenging and highly sensitive issues. Audience feedback was incredibly positive. On average, understanding of seminar topics (self-defined) increased from 4 to 7 out of 10, and Claire received a flood of praise from individual comments such as ‘you really inspire me’, ‘fantastic role model’, ‘I really relate to everything you’ve said’ and ‘I just wish [this seminar had] happened sooner’ to note but a few. Undoubtedly, Claire’s series had a profound effect on several individuals across the School. At each event, Claire gathered in-depth data to guide future Diversity and Inclusion activities in the School. Thanks to her tremendous efforts, the Identifying Barriers in STEM seminar series has set an excellent standard for inclusivity and built a new platform from which to foster an increasingly inclusive culture in the School.