IWD Best Practice Award

Issued: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 14:21:00 GMT

The International Women's Day logo award behind School of Life Sciences sign

The School of Life Sciences has been recognised by International Women's Day (IWD) for impressive achievements engaging audiences and communities to help accelerate women's equality with a CSI Stem event attended by North-West Glasgow Brownies

The IWD 2019 Balance For Better campaign theme celebrated women's achievements and both called for a more gender-balanced world and the implementation of tangible action to drive equality.

Over 300 groups entered the IWD 2019 Best Practice Competition, and Life Sciences was one of the prize winners in the Education and Academia: Knowledge and Impact category.

For International Women's Day, the School welcomed local Brownies to a CSI STEM event where staff and student volunteers helped the Brownies complete several scientific investigations around a mock crime scene, narrowing down the suspects to identify the killer. 

Not only was this a fun activity, but the Brownies, who were aged between seven and 10, learned about the range of careers available within Biology.

With World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) being one of IWD's charities of choice, the event reinforced the power of bridging support within the community.

Glasgow North-West Brownies standing for group photo in unofirm at IWD CSI event

The activity was the brainchild of Dr Mary McVey and Mrs Angela Watt and created by Mrs Tracy Wilson. Through their hard work and planning and support from further members of staff, the activity proved a real success.

School & Student Support Administrator Tracy explained: "As a member of Girlguiding Glasgow, I was aware that there was an interest in involving members in more STEM activities, and linking this with an Athena SWAN event at the School seemed a perfect partnership.

“I was delighted with the success of the event, everyone involved really enjoyed the day and we plan to run future events. This was definitely a team effort and it could not have happened without the help of everyone involved.”

Read the full story here: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/BestPractice