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Women in Science

In 2014/2015, we interviewed 39 women scientists, all working at Oxford.

We interviewed 39 women scientists all working at Oxford. The aim of the project was to provide support to women making career decisions, by offering them the opportunity to explore a broad range of experiences shared by other women through video interviews.

The women talked about many issues, including the culture of science, publishing, obtaining fellowship funding, having a mentor and Athena SWAN. 

This project focussed mainly on women working in the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford. The project team acknowledges the many other inspiring women working in scientific disciplines across Oxford and hopes in time to include their views here too.


This project was funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund and supported by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Radcliffe Department of Medicine and the Medical Sciences Office. To to find out more about equality and diversity at Oxford, visit

The grant holders are Chris Price and Sue Ziebland. Alison Chapple conducted the interviews. She also analysed the data with Sue Ziebland. 

We should like to thank the women who took part in the interviews, and also Professor Dame Sally Davies and Professor Louise Richardson, who introduce the website, and our advisory panel and user group.

Advisory Panel 

Alison Banham, Professor of Haemato-oncology, Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Radcliffe Department of Medicine

Alison Brindle, Divisional Communications Manager, Medical Sciences Division

Laurel Edmunds, Senior Research Fellow, Radcliffe Department of Medicine

Adrienne Hopkins, Senior Equality Advisor, Equality and Diversity Unit

Chris Price, Head of Strategic Planning and Projects, Radcliffe Department of Medicine/ Medical Sciences Division

Sasha Shepperd, Professor of Health Services Research, Nuffield Department of Population Health

Alison Woollard, Associate Professor and University Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry

Sue Ziebland, Professor of Medical Sociology, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

User Group 

Claire Carson, University Research Lecturer, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health

Yujin Chung, DPhil Student, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Joanna Crocker, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Katie Jennings, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Abigail McNiven, Qualitative Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Rachel Rowe, University Research Lecturer & Senior Health Services Researcher, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health

Charlotte Smith, Athena SWAN Facilitator, Department of Biochemistry


Project support was provided by Nathalie Marten. Video and text editing was undertaken by the team at the Health Experience Research Group and DIPEx (Ruth Sanders and Adam Barnett). The site was put together by the Medical Sciences Division Communications and Webteam (Anne Bowtell, Nicole Harris) using the Haiku website platform. Communications for the site launch were co-ordinated by Alison Brindle and Dan Richards-Doran.