How we celebrate gender equality

Our university community is made up of outstanding contributions and collaborations from staff, students and alumni who come from all walks of life. We value every individual at Surrey and their unique differences and needs. We want to work together to build an inclusive environment that reflects society. Find out how we celebrate gender equality. 

Science and engineering are part of our everyday life, and Daphne Jackson Day celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion in science and engineering research, and aims to inspire everyone to find their passion for science, regardless of identity, background or circumstance.

It is only due to greater diversity and inclusivity in research that we can face and solve some of the big problems of today and of the future.

Daphne Jackson Day is held in conjunction with the University of Surrey and the Daphne Jackson Trust, a charity dedicated to realising the potential of returners to research careers following a career break of two years or more taken for a family, caring or health reason.

Explore our Surrey Women in Science and Engineering Series that honoured 50 years since Daphne Jackson became the first female Professor of Physics in the UK.

Reach for the stars 

In 2014, the University of Surrey hosted the ‘Jim meets…’ interviews, with special guest Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, presenter of the BBC’s ‘Sky at Night’ series.

In conversation with Professor of Physics and BBC broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili, Maggie shared her experiences of being a leading female scientist in a male-dominated environment. With a career spanning space, star-gazing and satellites, she has been awarded an MBE for her contribution to science communication, engaging audiences all over the world with the wonders of space science.

I want to show that anything is possible regardless of gender, and to inspire everyone to reach for their dreams – no matter how far away they seem.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Maggie Aderin Pocock
Students talking at welcome week

International Women's Day

At Surrey we celebrate International Women's Day every year with a host of events across the University.