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Miriam Gifford

We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the Warwick Women's Montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them.

See Miriam's submission below:

"Overcoming challenges is a very positive subject to write on, since it encourages us that we've managed to do just that! Thinking back on the last year I've had to adapt to our challenges of home-schooling, which has involved being tech-support, science tutor, dinner lady and dogsbody, moving PE equipment and instruments around for Teams calls at the right times! The biggest challenge at work has been to support my amazing research group under the strain of labs closing, opening, closing, re-starting again; helping pull people out of quicksand and deal with sandstorms of rules and regulations. Looking after both health and safety but also wellbeing has become even more important than usual - for my research students and our large student cohorts. What has been key? Certainly top is communication - even if I can't promise certainly, I've tried to let people know what the reasoning behind decisions and what might be happening next, and this has been appreciated. On top of all of this I have been crazy enough to start new things, including a WIHEA project across the whole science faculty! The reason this has worked has been because, even in times of difficulty, colleagues and students are passionate about offering the best teaching we can - and this certainly testament to the great capacity of our community for innovation, and for overcoming challenges."

Read more personal stories on the Warwick Women's Montage page.

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Charters - including Athena Swan (gender equality Charter)

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Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force

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