Human Resources Division
WiSETI: Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative
WiSETI is a positive action initiative at the University of Cambridge that promotes and supports women from Undergraduate level to Professor, in the Science (including Clinical Sciences), Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas. WiSETI was established in 1999 and aims to redress an under-representation of women in employment and career progression in these disciplines at the University of Cambridge.
As of 2008, some 620,000 women in the UK are graduates in SET. However, 70.2 per cent of these don't work in STEM.
—The UKRC, Leaky pipeline
WiSETI supports women in STEM at the University of Cambridge in a number of ways including: organising activities such as seminars for early career female researchers and PhD and Postdocs, and an Annual Lecture; running a CV Mentoring Scheme for women wishing to apply for promotion; and supporting good practice in science through Athena SWAN.
WiSETI has become a prominent presence within the university (and has wider recognition throughout the UK's HEI sector), leading initiatives aimed at encouraging female scientists at all stages of their careers and working to redress the significant imbalance in numbers of women in SET departments.
—Professor Dame Alison Richard, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 2003–10
The 2012 WiSETI/Schlumberger Annual Lecture was given by Professor Carol Robinson FRS and was entitled ‘Finding the Right Balance‘.