International Women’s Day

Education Matters
SoEResearch
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2 min readMar 5, 2024

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Day 2 of our #IWD2024 Blog. Today we hear from a member of our academic staff.

International Women’s Day image featuring 4 women on a purple background. Image says ‘3 days to go’

Tell us about yourself and what you do at the University of Sheffield?

I am a Lecturer in Psychology and Education diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Can you can you give an example of any experiences you’ve had within academia where inclusive practices have made a positive difference in your life or the lives of others, regardless of your gender identity? How did these inclusive practices contribute to a more supportive and equitable work environment?

Acceptance and acknowledgment of my strengths and challenges, particularly in relation to my neurodiversity.

How can academic staff contribute to fostering inclusive practices within their departments and across the broader academic institution?

Do not over relate to neurodiversity e.g. ‘I’m a bit forgetful too’. It contributes to stigma and can be demoralising.

Always ask for feedback from recipients (students, staff).

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Be engaged. If you aren’t then it is more difficult for your staff/students to be.

What measures can universities take to address the underrepresentation of women in certain academic disciplines and promote gender diversity in all fields of study?

Think about making opportunities equal for all rather than quotas… quotas are easier to demonstrate than the latter but surely the latter is just as if not more important?

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