International Relations Office

Updates on the University's global engagement activities

Research trip to Ohio State University

📥  Development, Funding/Scholarship, Research, Visit

Travelling to a new country is always an exciting experience, but working in new country, under a new professor, can be daunting.

Once all the necessities had been acquired - visa, accommodation, flights ect. and the final pint had been drunk with my research group, I hopped on a plane, crossing the pond to the USA.

After a connecting flight to the Midwest (which is really still in the east of the States), I landed in Columbus, Ohio.

Getting off a plane in a country where you speak the same language, you might say it is a little less exciting, but that is not to say there aren't language barriers (and people asking you if you have met the Queen). From the minute I stepped off the plane to the moment I got back on to return home, I had an amazing time.

I spent my first day travelling around the university, and you can call it travelling when they have a university bus service solely for navigating the campus. It was nothing like any university I have been to in my life. I was taken on a tour of their 100,000 seat stadium that was home to the American football team.

Ohio State University crest

Ohio State University crest

Ohio Students Union Building

Ohio Students Union Building

Brutus Buckeye the OSU mascot

Brutus Buckeye the OSU mascot

I had a wander around the power station that they use to burn the waste the university produces, and found the library that looks like an only slightly smaller version of the White House. Finishing my tour with the Chemistry Department where I was to work for the next three months. Though this was a department that had four, six story buildings in its arsenal.

The Ohio State University Library

The Ohio State University Library

At the end of my tour I met with my new Professor, Malcolm Chisholm. While touring his lab, we discussed what I was going to work on for the following months. The facilities at their disposal were fantastic, from having eight glove boxes to the personal NMR machine in the basement. We decided that I would be working on the polymerisation of lactide with an aluminium catalyst, which is closely related to my current PhD research under Professor Michael Hill.

The Koffolt Laboratories building

The Koffolt Laboratories building

Several glove boxes in a lab

Several glove boxes in a lab

The following day was my first day in the lab. I met Malcolm’s research group and with their help, I dived straight into work. I can honestly say from my first day in the lab to my last, I had no idea where the time went. It was incredible.

My group showed me the ropes of Columbus, which is an amazing city. They taught me the do's and don’ts and most importantly, how to cross the road without getting arrested. I have to thank them first because my experience of Ohio State University could have been very different without them.

The research that I worked on with PhD students Mathiu and Bala is now in the process of being submitted. Research collaborations between the Chisholm and Hill groups are continuing.

Finally, I have to thank Malcolm and Mike; without them and the Bath International Research Funding Scheme, my trip would not have possible. If this opportunity ever presents itself to you, I highly recommend taking it. It is not just for personal or professional development, but also for the collaborations which help foster the combined knowledge and drive the research forward.

 

International Visiting Professorships & FAPESP Grants

📥  Funding/Scholarship

We are now welcoming nominations for David Parkin and Global Chairs Visiting Professorships for 2016-2017, and bids for FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) – Bath research funding.

David Parkin Visiting Professorships

The Esther Parkin Trust offers annual funding of up to £20k to support this award. It provides an excellent opportunity to attract an outstanding colleague from outside the UK and to develop ongoing international research and publication partnerships. Further details are available on the HR website.

Deadline:  Monday 8 February 2016

Global Chairs

The Global Chairs visiting professorship scheme has been designed to attract distinguished, globally renowned scholars from outside the UK to engage in a programme of high-profile research activity at the University of Bath for a fixed period of time. Nominations are now welcome for individuals who have an outstanding international research profile in any discipline area that fits in with or compliments the University of Bath’s research strengths and focus.

Please visit the Global Chairs website for further details and nomination forms.

Deadline:  Monday 8 February 2016

FAPESP - Bath funding

We are also now inviting bids for FAPESP - Bath funding to support projects in all fields of knowledge that involve the exchange of researchers. The invitation is open to researchers affiliated to either the University of Bath or higher education and research institutions in the state of São Paulo who are Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP.

Visit the FAPESP website for further information and application guidance.

Deadline: Monday 25 January 2016

 

Visit by the Hungarian Ambassador

📥  Event, Visit

On 6 November the University welcomed the Hungarian Ambassador to the UK on campus. As part of the Embassy's new strategic plan, His Excellency Péter Szabadhegy and the Science and Technology Attaché, Anikó Dobi-Rózsa, have been touring universities in the UK to meet with Hungarian students and to share information on Hungary's place in Europe.

In the morning the Ambassador met with the School of Management. Dean Professor Veronica Hope Hailey gave an overview of the School, including its research and range of undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience level programmes. Dr Pete Nuttall, Stephen Rangecroft and Dr Tony Roath also attended from the School. The Ambassador was impressed by the work placements available, and was keen to learn how the School and the University do well in the rankings.

The Ambassador then had an informal lunch with our Hungarian students (there are currently 33 studying here), hoping to learn about the students’ transition from Hungary to studying in the UK. Having studied in New York and London, Ambassador Szabadhegy spoke about his own transition, informing us that his biggest adjustment was in fact moving back to Hungary in the 1990s after growing up in New York.

The Ambassador and Anikó Dobi-Rózsa with Hungarian students

The Ambassador and Anikó Dobi-Rózsa with Hungarian students

In the afternoon, His Excellency gave a talk entitled 'Hungary’s Place in the Heart of Europe and the World from an Economic and Geopolitical Perspective'. Around 40 staff and students attended.

The Ambassador talking to staff and students

The Ambassador talking to staff and students

The talk focused on the current European migrant crisis, as well as the history and economy of Hungary. It was interesting to note that Tesco is the largest private employer in Hungary, and that the UK is the fourth largest foreign investor. The Ambassador also talked about the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on Hungary, the near-collapse of the country and steps taken to improve the situation.

His Excellency Péter Szabadhegy

His Excellency Péter Szabadhegy

The Ambassador said of the visit: "It was a real pleasure to experience first-hand why the University of Bath has continued to climb the independent rankings of universities in the UK and in the world. I am very, very impressed!" The visit was a great chance to learn more about the Ambassador, our Hungarian students and a country in the heart of Europe.

 

Visit by Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura

📥  Mobility, Visit

We welcomed a delegation from our South American partner, Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura (UCBC) on 3 November.

The delegates, Mrs María Cristina Brieba (Vice-Chancellor), Mr Pedro Pfeffer (President) and Mr Pablo Halpern (Vice-President), were here to sign a new student exchange agreement and discuss ways to expand links between the two institutions.

MOU Signing and presentations in the Wessex House Council Chambers

MOU Signing and presentations in the Wessex House Council Chambers

The UCBC delegates met with Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), and Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation), together with representatives from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, and the International Relations Office.

The headquarters of UCBC is located in the city of Santiago, Chile.  The agreement will offer Bath students the opportunity to study and teach in Santiago, and explore the region on their days off. Professor Lambert previously spent time as an English Language Assistant in Chile and was taught by Mrs Brieba.

The delegation visit was part of a tour of their UK partner universities, which also included a meeting with the Royal Patron of UCBC HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex later that week.

MOU Signing and presentations in the Wessex House Council Chambers

MOU Signing and presentations in the Wessex House Council Chambers

 

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception

📥  Award, Funding/Scholarship

With the new term well under way it was time once again for the reception for scholarship recipients at the Roman Baths on Wednesday 28 October. The evening provided 150 students with the opportunity to meet their fellow scholars, celebrate their achievements, and of course enjoy the spectacular setting.

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

Competition for the scholarships was intense (500 applicants for awards in 2015). We were impressed not only by the academic credentials of the candidates but the role many of our scholars played in their universities and communities. We were also impressed by their sporting success, artistic excellence, their awards for many different accomplishments, their voluntary work and the challenges overcome to achieve their ambition of overseas study.

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

Our links with universities worldwide continue to grow and we also extended a warm welcome to scholars from a number of our partner institutions.

The University of Bath International Scholarship (UBISS) scheme was set up in 2006/2007 and, alongside the elite awards offered by the Faculties of Engineering and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science, together with the School of Management, it has grown to become a significant fund, awarding in the region of £360,000 each year.

Through the generosity of our alumni and corporate donors - some of whom were guests at the reception, further scholarships have been made available, including:

  • the Santander scheme for students from Latin America
  • the Jack Cater award for a Hong Kong University graduate
  • the Steve Huckvale scholarship for candidates from Africa
  • the Frank Wallace scholarship for a Chinese student of Mechanical Engineering
  • the Windle Trust
  • we also thanked Mr and Mrs Hall, Diana Lanham, Chris Coles for their support and the Commonwealth Scholarships and Chevening Schemes

In her welcome speech, Caroline Baylon, Director of Partnerships and Head of the International Relations Office, expressed her gratitude to everyone involved, including benefactors and University staff.

A special thank you to The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, Councillor William Sandry. In addition to his speech welcoming scholars to the city and our community, it was above and beyond the call of duty to spend 90 minutes posing with students for photos, which will no doubt now be on Facebook pages around the world!

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

We hope that everyone who attended the event had a pleasant evening. The selection of photos suggests that they did! Congratulations to our 2015 scholars. We wish you a successful and enjoyable time at the University of Bath.

 

Collaboration with University of Calgary

📥  Conference, Funding/Scholarship, Visit

This summer, I had the opportunity to both visit and host Professor Carolyn Emery from the University of Calgary, Canada, as part of the Global Mobility Scheme (now named International Research Initiator Scheme).

Professor Emery is a co-chair of the Sports Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC) at the University of Calgary, which is one of nine International Research Centres supported by the International Olympic Committee. The overarching aim of the Centre is to reduce the risk of injury associated with sport and recreation. This is a goal shared by the ‘Rugby Science at Bath’ research group, of which I am a member.

Injuries are one of the unwelcome consequences of participating in sport, and have important health, performance, financial and legal consequences for all stakeholders. The aim of this project was to establish a collaborative research partnership between the University of Bath and University of Calgary, with long-term objectives of furthering our understanding of risk factors for injuries in sport, and exploring ways to reduce injury risk and improve athlete wellbeing.

Discovering opportunities for collaboration

In July I spent a week in Calgary, where I had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, internationally renowned researchers in my field. I had the chance to meet the researchers responsible for the key theories/models underpinning my work to date, which was a highly useful and rewarding experience, and has fuelled many new ideas for future research and collaborations.

I presented an hour long research seminar to the SIPRC group during my visit, which stimulated further discussions and ideas. I also spent a good portion of my time working with the biostatistics team at SIPRC, which was particularly useful for my own research.

I now plan to apply for funding via the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation to host one of those biostatisticians, Dr. Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, early next year. This funding will enable Dr. Nettel-Aguirre to contribute to our research activities, present a public lecture, as well a number of other research seminars.

Exploring Calgary

I was fortunate enough to visit Calgary during its annual ‘Stampede’ festival, which is a rodeo event billed as the “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. It was certainly an eye-opening experience, and provided plenty of opportunities for injury research!

Bucking bronco at the Calgary Stampede

Bucking bronco at the Calgary Stampede (Photo by royckmeyer / CC BY)

During my short stay, I also had the opportunity to explore Calgary and the surrounding area. I was taken for a hike in Canmore, about an hour’s drive West of Calgary. The scenery was stunning, and certainly made me want to return to Canada in the future to see more of the country.

Hiking in Canmore, Alberta

Hiking in Canmore, Alberta

Hiking in Canmore, Alberta

Hiking in Canmore, Alberta

Hiking in Canmore, Alberta

Hiking in Canmore, Alberta

Continuing our collaboration at Bath

In September, Professor Emery visited Bath and presented a keynote lecture at the inaugural World Rugby Science Network Conference. The focus of her talk was on injury prevention in youth sport.

The conference was a two-day event that used a multimedia delivery format, with a combination of face-to-face and online formats. The first day was hosted at the University of Bath, and the second day at the University of Cape Town. The event was watched (online or in-person) by more than 1000 people from more than 30 countries, and so had a tremendous global impact.

Professor Emery and I on stage at the World Rugby Science Network Conference

Professor Emery and I on stage at the World Rugby Science Network Conference

During this visit, we were also able to work on the research outputs we initiated in Calgary (including a paper for submission to Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, and a planning process for a systematic review).

In addition, Professor Emery met with Caroline Baylon (Director of International Partnerships and Head of the International Relations Office) to discuss opportunities for further links between the two universities (e.g. exchange programmes and placement opportunities). Moreover, both of our universities are celebrating their 50th anniversaries in the coming year, and so we will also investigate internal funding opportunities to host an event celebrating this occasion, such as a joint conference on injury prevention in youth sport.

Overall, the Global Mobility Scheme has been tremendously helpful in developing and shaping my research. International collaborations are fundamental to all areas of science and research, and schemes such as this are vital for starting and developing such partnerships. I am looking forward to continued collaboration with both the SIPRC group and the University of Calgary.

 

Hans Schattle's partnership visit to University of Bath

📥  Award, Funding/Scholarship, Mobility, Research, Visit

Recently the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies has had the honour of hosting Hans Schattle, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, with help from Global Mobility Scheme Funding.

Here is what he had to say about his visit:

"I had the great pleasure of visiting the University of Bath, for the month of June, based in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS).

One of my main research topics is the concept of global citizenship, an idea situated at the intersection of political theory, comparative politics and international relations.  During my stay, I wrote a chapter for a forthcoming book on education for global citizenship in South Korea, and I also worked on content analysis for a long-term project examining how the idea of global citizenship has evolved in Korean public discourse.

The interdisciplinary setting of the PoLIS department offered me a most wonderful venue to work on these two projects; several conversations with colleagues in the faculty helped me think more richly about the theoretical questions and practical issues facing efforts to expand our horizons of political membership and responsibility beyond international borders.

The regular interaction with faculty colleagues at Bath engaged other academic interests, as well.  During my stay on campus, a North Korean soldier made global headlines by crossing, on his own, the heavily guarded land border into South Korea and asking for asylum. Professor David Galbreath (PoLIS) and I co-authored a news analysis on this incident published on The Conversation.

I am also joining in a study on time preference modeling, global governance and environmental policy now being coordinated by Professor Charlie Lees (PoLIS), my host for the visit, and Professor Michael Finus (Economics).

More recently, I had the pleasure of attending a research workshop in September coordinated by Professor Galbreath at the University of Sao Paulo that included several of the University of Bath's strategic partners, and I expect to collaborate on two projects emerging from this workshop on regional security governance and failed states.

I want to thank Professor Lees, Professor Galbreath and also Pro-Vice Chancellor (Internationalisation) Professor Colin Grant for all they did to make my visits to Bath and Sao Paulo possible, and to all the faculty members who met with me for the kind hospitality they extended.  Thanks to MJ in the Claverton building for many warm welcomes throughout the month as I showed up again and again with various colleagues.  Special thanks also to administrative staff Hannah Cook (PoLIS), Clare Drake (PoLIS) and Michelle Hicks (Humanities & Social Sciences) for their help with various logistics in arranging the visits.

It is wonderful to see closer social science research links developing between Yonsei and Bath, and I look forward to continued collaboration on all fronts."

Hans is the author of The Practices of Global Citizenship and Globalisation and Citizenship, both published by Rowman & Littlefield.

International Mobility Team: summer activities

📥  Conference, Mobility

You could be forgiven for thinking that over the summer months activity slows in the mobility team, with no students on campus and academics focusing on research, and perhaps we find ourselves with less work.  But that is definitely not the case!

In addition to processing all of the paperwork for incoming students, finalising payments for the outgoing students who are finishing their Erasmus placements, and drafting exchange agreements, we also made time to attend some mobility events and build networks with mobility colleagues from other UK universities.

In June I attended a Westminster Higher Education Forum Seminar on ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Increasing Outward Student Mobility’.  It was a morning full of interesting presentations, and ended with a question and answer session with the panel.  For me, the most interesting and informative talk was given by Frances Rix, a Business Graduate from Kingston University London.  Frances enjoyed her study abroad so much she has become an ambassador for the Erasmus + programme. It was refreshing to hear her talk honestly about overcoming challenges, and how even small achievements can be a cause for celebration when you are adjusting to living in another country and culture.

In August I, along with my colleagues Agathe Lairy and Francesca Ajello, went to Coventry University for a two-day HEURO (Association of UK Higher Education European Officers) workshop.  The main focus of this workshop was European mobility and Erasmus +, and the two days were roughly split into incoming and outgoing – although there was a lot of commonality across the two areas.

Engineering & Computing Building, Coventry University

Engineering & Computing Building, Coventry University

There were informative talks from a number of members. The workshop provided us with the opportunity to discuss challenges and share best practice between members.  One of the sessions I found most useful was about the research that shows links between mobility and employability: less likely to be unemployed, more likely to work abroad, more likely to achieve a 1st or 2.i, and more likely to have a higher management role.

HEURO Workshop, Coventry University

HEURO Workshop, Coventry University

As well as all the facts and figures, this session also covered tips for students to translate a study abroad experience for CV and interviews.  All of this will definitely be useful for Bath students embarking on their final year, and we look forward to sharing this information with them.

International Mobility Coordinators, L to R - Agathe Lairy, Tracey Stenson Jukes & Francesca Ajello

International Mobility Coordinators, L to R - Agathe Lairy, Tracey Stenson Jukes & Francesca Ajello

If you would be interested in having a member of the International Mobility Team talk to your students, please contact us at student-exchanges@bath.ac.uk

 

Research trip to Stellenbosch University

📥  Conference, Culture, Research, Visit

In September 2015 I had the opportunity to travel to Stellenbosch University, South Africa, as one of the University’s strategic partners. I was presenting my research at a Newton Fund/British Council funded Early-Career Researcher Links Conference co-sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry on hydrogen storage at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.

The conference was designed to enable early-career researchers in the UK to establish collaborations with other early-career researchers in South Africa and other newly industrialised and developing countries around the world.

Both Dr Valeska Ting from the Department of Chemical Engineering and I gave our talks to the conference delegates during the porous materials day of the conference. Other days focused on storage of hydrogen as chemical hydrides and hydrogen fuel cells.

Dr Robert Dawson presenting hydrogen storage in porous polymers

Dr Robert Dawson presenting hydrogen storage in porous polymers

Dr Valeska Ting presenting her work on characterisation of hydrogen storage in MIL-101

Dr Valeska Ting presenting her work on characterisation of hydrogen storage in MIL-101

The UK delegates were also lucky enough to be taken on a short sightseeing trip around the Gauteng area of South Africa including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site the Cradle of Humankind where the fossils of a number of early hominoid species have been found, a lion park, the Voortrekker Monument and the statue of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

UK delegates at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria (Dr Robert Dawson and Dr Valeska Ting back left and front left)

UK delegates at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria (Dr Robert Dawson and Dr Valeska Ting back left and front left)

Collaboration with Stellenbosch University

As I was already in South Africa, it was a great opportunity to visit Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape Province to further develop the collaboration already started by Dr Ting from the Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr Ting travelled to Stellenbosch last year on a Global Mobility Scheme award from the International Relations Office.

I was able to continue the collaboration with Professor Len Barbour in Stellenbosch looking at Metal-Organic Frameworks (highly porous crystalline hybrid networks made from a combination of organic linkers and inorganic metal centres) as potential hydrogen storage materials. Professor Barbour and his research group have developed a number of unique characterisation techniques coupling together traditional characterisation methods in order to probe what happens to porous materials when they are under high gas pressures.

In particular we were interested in looking at what happens to our materials when they are under high pressures of hydrogen gas. In the Barbour laboratory they have developed a system to directly measure the heat given off when a material is dosed with different gases using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). This technique enables us measure the enthalpies of adsorption over a wide pressure range and at different temperatures.

Exploring the town of Stellenbosch

While the experiments were running, I also had a little bit of time to explore Stellenbosch, one of the first European settlements in South Africa as well as its surroundings in the wine region with a short wine tasting session.

A church in Stellenbosch

The church in the centre of Stellenbosch

Street scene in Stellenbosch

Street scene in Stellenbosch

Wine tasting in Stellenbosch

Wine tasting in Stellenbosch

A South African wine farm

A South African wine farm

Having returned to Bath, our task is to analyse our data. The funding from the International Relations Office has proved invaluable to our research here at Bath and we hope to publish the results of our collaboration with Professor Barbour soon.

Dr Robert Dawson is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry working on the use of porous materials for high pressure hydrogen storage tanks with Dr Andrew Burrows (Chemistry) and Dr Tim Mays (Chemical Engineering).

 

Springtime in Sydney

📥  Award, Funding/Scholarship, Research, Visit

My short visit to Sydney, funded by the Bath International Research Funding Schemes, to build collaborative links with colleagues in the Work and Organisation group at the historic university here, has coincided with the arrival of springtime weather after an unseasonal cold spell.

Spring flowers on campus

Spring flowers on campus

In national politics too it has been a time of sudden renewal, following the leadership coup within the Liberal Party which saw Malcolm Turnbull replace Tony Abbott not just as party leader but Prime Minister. The sixth federal Premier in eight years, Mr Turnbull is currently enjoying a surge of popularity and public optimism, although the honeymoon period will soon be tested by new signs of economic slowdown, which overshadow the upcoming policy summit scheduled to tackle hard fiscal choices and employment relations reform.

An important part of Mr Turnbull’s fresh start has been the focus on women in government, with the reshuffle increasing female representation by 150%. The first key policy initiative of the new government was the announcement of a $100 million programme to raise awareness and strengthen hospital support services in an attempt to reduce domestic violence. Violence against women and children has been the focus of public debates over the last couple of weeks due to a series of horrific and tragic cases, which appear to have doubled in number over the last year. Campaign groups, whilst welcoming the symbolic importance given to the issue by the government initiative and the public debate it has sparked, have also pointed out that sweeping cuts to front-line legal and support services over the last few years still need to be reversed, leaving women and children vulnerable.

University of Sydney Institute Building

University of Sydney Institute Building

At a ‘Sydney Ideas’ talk I attended on the 29 September (in a packed-out 550-capacity Great Hall on campus), former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick spoke of her term of office over the last eight years as a time of transition, with some gains made in promoting gender equality but a lot of ground still to cover. Australia and the UK share roughly similar rankings in gender equality indices (Australia was ranked 24th in the 2014 World Economic Forum report, with the UK close behind in 26th place): Australia does slightly better on the aggregate gender pay gap, whilst the UK has a slightly higher proportion of women in parliament, and both countries have similar numbers of female CEOs and senior managers. Glass ceilings may have been chipped but remain firmly in place.

Great Hall of the University of Sydney

Great Hall of the University of Sydney

There is currently interest here in the idea of ‘daddy quotas’ or ‘use-it-or-lose it’ blocks of parental leave dedicated to fathers, to promote more equal childcaring responsibilities. To my eyes, two related areas of innovation stand out and both are of interest to British policy debates. The first is the rapid progress made in establishing reporting procedures for companies on gender pay statistics and flexible and family-friendly work practices, which in my view holds important lessons for British policy-makers as they examine the results of the consultation process held this summer on pay reporting. Together with colleagues at the University of Sydney I hope to be able to investigate the impact of this reporting process, drawing also on the experience of other countries such as the Nordic states.

The second is the Male Champions of Change network which Commissioner Broderick helped to bring together in 2010 (and of which University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence is a member), to try to translate reporting into transformative action within organisations across the country. Andrew Penn, CEO of Telstra since May of this year, recently posted a blog arguing for a radical programme of incremental small steps towards gender equality, starting for example with flexible working practices, and (as Commissioner Broderick argued last night) listening to women’s experiences across the organisation.

I have been inspired by these calls to action and to reflection on how research can support and promote processes of social change. My visit has been all too brief but I will take away with me some strong collaborative ties, thoughts on how to take my research forward, and musings on how research and policy can work together for the common good.