Women in Physics

We provide a forum for the women in the department to get together to get to know one another better, discuss research and forge contacts.

The Physics department has over 60 female undergraduates and more than 20 women at postgraduate level and above, including five members of academic staff. It has achieved Juno Champion status, under an Institute of Physics programme designed to advance women's careers in physics higher education. The Women in Physics group meet regularly and hold events including lunches, discussion forums and careers briefings.‌ We welcome undergraduates, postgraduates, research staff and academics.

One of the valuable outcomes of the Women in Physics group meetings is the informal mentoring relationships which arise. We also run a partnership scheme in which students and researchers can be paired with an experienced female physicist in a particular research area to discuss their career and research options.

Dr Sarah Badman

Contact us

The Women in Physics group is coordinated by Dr Sarah Badman. You can also contact Mrs Louise Crook.

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

A Woman's Place

On Wednesday 12th November 2014 Lancaster University hosted an event to bring together delegates from industry and academia to discuss how to further women's careers in science.

The event aimed to share best practice between academia and industry and included presentations and interactive workshops highlighting the latest research and best practice from both sectors with a range of speakers. Approximately 60 delegates from around the country attended this highly successful event.


  • Dr Valerie Bevan
    Lancaster University
    'Positioning women in science: knowing her place'
  • Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk MBE
    University of Salford
    'Gender segregation in SET industry'
  • Dr Carol Marsh
    Women's Engineering Society
    'Working towards gender balance in engineering'
  • Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott
    UCLan & Chapter Lead, ScienceGrrl Lancs
    'Because science is for everyone: Against the girlification of STEM'
  • Athena SWAN
    'The recruitment, retention and advancement of women: lessons from the Athena SWAN process' and 'Scenarios'
  • Dr Lara Warmelink
    Lancaster University
    'Exploring your unconscious biases'