Frequently asked questions

Why do we need a Women in Physics society?

Why do we need a Women in Physics society?

Women in the UK earn more undergraduate and postgraduate degrees than men [1] but are still significantly under-represented in physics. Only ~20% of physics undergraduate students are women, which decreases to around one in ten at professorial level [2]. This can lead to many challenges for minorities and there is no single solution to this problem. This society aims to create a community where people can discuss their experiences and ambitions in a supportive and welcoming environment.

[1] https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/16-01-2020/sb255-higher-education-student-statistics/numbers
[2] https://www.iop.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/Staff-characteristics-2017-18.pdf

Who is allowed to join?

Who is allowed to join?

Everyone is welcome! All allies who support the progression of minorities in the department can attend our events. Many of the topics we discuss are important for all physicists, including imposter syndrome, childcare responsibilities and work-life balance.

I’ve never felt that being a woman makes any difference to my experience in physics, why do we need to have this society?

I’ve never felt that being a woman makes any difference to my experience in physics, why do we need to have this society?

That’s great for you! Not everyone needs this network. Some people are very lucky to be surrounded by supportive supervisors, friends, and mentors. Others already have the confidence to speak up in a room filled with men. Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way, and this is where the society can help.

How can I join?

How can I join?

Becoming a member is free! Sign up to out mailing list to receive all the latest news and events. If you want to become an active member of the society contact us.