While many students may never venture south of the Meadows to the King’s Buildings, some might say that the same inequalities in academia persist or are even greater on Edinburgh University’s second biggest campus. In this interview with Rosalyn Pearson, a 3rd year PhD student in the School of Physics and Astronomy, I discuss what it’s like to be a non-binary woman in a department comprised of (almost) solely cisgender heterosexual white men.
In this interview I phoned Beth Biller, a lecturer in the Institute for Astronomy within the School of Physics and Astronomy, to discuss how her identity as a woman has impacted her research in the peer-review process, the history of women in astronomy, and what it’s like to be an openly queer academic.
Justin White completed a summer internship with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team at the School of Physics and Astronomy where he created engaging digital communications focusing on the experiences from some of our underrepresented communities. In this article he shares feedback on the role and the importance of the work he undertook. Justin is currently studying for a BSc in Ecological and Environmental Science at the University of Edinburgh.