The Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) held its online New Year meeting today. The annual event brought a discussion about the percentage of female scientists at the UT, as well as the role of FFNT. ‘We considered if FFNT should change name and focus on diversity in a broader context, but we concluded that we still need to focus on academic career of women.’
The number of female associate professors at the UT is low compared to other universities. While the national average is 29.4%, only 17% of all UT associate professors are women. ‘We need to consider this with great care,’ says Vanessa Magnanimo, chairwoman of Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT).
The Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. As an organisation set up to promote gender diversity at the UT, it has witnessed many successes but the board still sees a lot of room for improvement. ‘Our main goal is that we are not needed anymore.’
‘We need an independent entity that has the power to help you,’ says Vanessa Magnanimo, the chairwoman of the FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente) in her reaction to the alarming report on ‘harassment in Dutch academia’, which was published by the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH) earlier this week.
During a lunch held by FFNT (Female Faculty Network) yesterday, Dean of the EEMCS faculty Joost Kok shared the unique approach the faculty took to fill the Hypatia positions. ‘We decided to hire QSXL company. They conducted a market scan and helped us identify specific countries to concentrate on.’
Female Faculty Network Twente is organizing a conference on ‘Academic career and work-life balance’ in Vrijhof today, on International Women's Day. One of the event’s keynote speakers is Professor Yvonne Benschop, who believes that the issue of work-life balance shouldn’t be presented as a personal choice.
Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) organized its annual New Year’s Breakfast today to reflect on FFNT activities held in 2017 and to present the network’s plans for the coming year.
The total percentage of female students who enroll for Mechanical Engineering is only 6%. How can we achieve better gender diversity, not only at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, but also at other UT faculties? ‘External candidates are often perceived as risk by selection committees, but we need to give equal opportunities to candidates from within the university and from abroad,’ thinks Geert Dewulf.
‘We plan to include the UT's management team in our activities more, so we can help each other and reach our common goal: to support female academics and make the university an attractive place in terms of gender equality,’ says Vanessa Magnanimo, the new chair of FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente).
‘Diversity is not only right, it is the only way,’ Prof. Liudvika Leisyte began today’s FFNT conference titled ‘Openness to diversity: Integrating local and global perspectives’, event which aimed to raise awareness about the importance of international talent at the University of Twente.
Enkele vrouwelijke tenure trackers van de TU Delft zijn een petitie gestart, omdat het in de huidige cao ontbreekt aan de mogelijkheid om een contract te verlengen in geval van zwangers- of zorgverlof. Het Female Faculty Network Twente roept haar achterban op de petitie te ondersteunen.
Even though the percentage of women in science keeps increasing, female academics are still a minority in higher ranking positions. Why is that and how can we change this situation? That´s the main question that was discussed at today´s FFNT lunch meeting, which was also attended by Francisco Ramirez, Professor of Sociology from the Stanford University.
Voice is an integral part of good presentation skills. To get our message across, we need to sound appealing and connect with the audience. Yet, that is not easy to achieve and most of us could use some tips regarding voice control. That is why the FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente) organized a voice training workshop today.
How to combine a successful academic career with a fulfilling family life? Is this task easier for men than women? Those were the main questions that inspired FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente) to organize today´s lunch discussion led by Alexander Brinkman, a successful scientist and a dedicated father of two.