Imagine seeing the following abstract from a CV

  • Post doctoral researcher.
  • Biochemist.
  • Microbiologist.
  • Scientist.
  • STEM Ambassador.
  • Mountain Leader
  • General outdoor enthusiast.

Then think that this person is currently participating in a one year leadership programme that culminates in three week voyage to the Antarctic.

I wonder what conclusion you might form about this person. I wonder now many people might think this person followed a conventional educational programme leading to a Doctorate. I wonder how many people might assume this person is a male.

SSERC is proud to be able to support Kirsty Robb who has been selected to participate in the HomewardBound16 programme. For more information on the HomewardBound16 project, follow the link

Over the next few weeks, in advance of Kirsty heading to the Antarctic, we will be telling you more about Kirsty, including her education background, her STEM Ambassador activity and her hopes and plan for her exciting voyage.   On Kirsty’s return from the Antarctic, she will be sharing some of her experiences with us, and with you.

At a time when we as a nation we are trying to encourage more women into STEM, we are delighted that we will be able to  share Kirsty’s experiences with you in the firm belief that she will act as a  very strong and positive role model for promoting STEM education, training and careers to women.