Dorothy Jones Lecture 2018: Professor Anne O'Garra


Full details of this lecture. More about the Dorothy Jones Lecture Series

Debate: Is it possible to have a work-life balance and a successful career in science?

On 19th January 2018, an inspiring  debate was held between Professor Melanie Davies (Leicester Diabetes Research Centre) and Professor Andrea Cooper (3I), chaired by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle.

 While we all aspire to balancing work with priorities and interests outside of work, in practice we do make sacrifices, tipping the scale in one direction or the other. The speakers discussed what work-life balance meant to them and the challenges that they faced in their own careers. We were delighted that the Vice-Chancellor was able to chair our debate and listen to the views not only of the speakers, but audience members too.

Standing Together Against Gender-based Violence

On 29th November 2017, 3I and CVS jointly hosted a seminar as part of our HeForShe activity. This was attended by around 60 staff and students from across the University.

Harriet Smailes, Student Welfare Service and Mollie Henstock, SU Student welfare officer, presented an overview of the results of the recent UUK Taskforce report examining violence and harassment affecting UK students, the national statistics, those for Leicester and what is in place for our students.


Dr Clare Gunby, Dept of Criminology and Dr Anna Carline,Dept of Law, discussed what ‘unwanted sexual attention’ includes and identified the strategies implemented by young women to manage such behaviour. They argued that venues and Higher Education establishments must play an active role in supporting victims and preventing the occurrence of incidents. Recording Link.

Listening to be Heard: Experiences of Effective Leadership

The Department supported the Leicester Women in Medicine Autumn Speaker Event on 1st November 2017, which was very well attended. Keynote speaker Johann Malawana and guest speakers Caroll Macey and Emily Maile. 'The very lifeblood of human relationships is the ability to communicate. These skills are essential for a successful career in medicine but also a key requirement for successful endeavours as clinical leaders.' 

Research Away Day

On 10th October 2017 we held our Research Away Day at Stamford Court. This was attended by staff from across the whole department and was a fantastic networking event allowing staff from different research groups to come together to hear about the work from other groups and to share ideas.

Inaugural Dorothy Jones Lecture: Professor Pascale Cossart 

Dr Dorothy JonesThis annual lecture series is part of the Department’s Athena SWAN commitment to showcase and celebrate successful female scientists, named in honour of Dr Dorothy Jones, an eminent microbiologist who worked at the University from 1965, until her retirement in 1995. She remained an Honorary University Fellow until 2009 and was a friend and colleague to many in the department. She died in 2016. Dorothy Jones obituary.

The inaugural Dorothy Jones Lecture was delivered by Professor Pascale Cossart, a pioneering cellular microbiologist from the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

Paper Writing Session

On Thursday 1st December 2016 a paper writing session was held at Glenfield Hospital. 18 people attended from the College. There was an overview of the publishing landscape, a session on planning and structuring papers followed by experiences and tips from Dr Ruth Saunders and Dr Gavin Morris.

Debate: Do women have to change in order to be successful in academia?

This houseOn Tuesday 8th November 2016 our Working Lives Committee held a lively debate between Professor Alison Goodall, Deputy Head Of College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology and Professor Iain Gillespie. The debate was very well-attended, with a full lecture theatre, and was followed by refreshments. More than 45 years of equality legislation has not levelled the playing field for women in academia, and the systems in place for measuring the performance of individuals and organisations favour male-orientated behaviours. We have not yet managed to fix the system, so is it time to fix the people.

Putting the Concordat into Action
ConcordatOn Tuesday 21st June 2016 we held an event about the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, which is an important tool to help researchers on short or longer term grants get the most out of their careers.
Mentoring 'Drop In' Sessions

Early Clinical Careers Mentor Session - Professor Andy Wardlaw

On Thursday 16th June we ran half-hourly sessions with our Early Clinical Careers Mentor at the Respiratory BRU at Glenfield Hospital.

Early Careers Mentor - Professor Martha Clokie

On Monday 20th June 2016 we ran half-hourly sessions with our Early Careers Mentor on the main campus.


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