Women in Science


At the University of South Wales, we are proud of the staff, students and graduates we have in science and the advances that they are making in their fields. To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we spoke with several of our outstanding women at USW to see what science means to them.

We have a range of science courses from undergraduate and postgraduate to fantastic research opportunities, ensuring that our students have hands-on access to industry-standard equipment and are ready to jump into the workplace when they graduate. 



Abi has always had a passion for science. What drew her to STEM at USW was the opportunity to study Forensics and work on investigations, crime, problem-solving and practical learning.

She sums up her experience at USW as 'enjoyable, practical and unique'. 


Elisabet is an international student who studies BSc (Hons) Computer Science. After studying an optional programming class back home, she decided she wanted to know more and study in this area.

Her advice is, the world is technology-driven, and this course will help you pursue a career in computer science. 


Beth is a forensics student at USW. She researched lots of degrees before choosing USW, but ultimately decided it was the right course for her because of the practical's in biology and chemistry labs, and the access to the crime scene training facility.

Beth enjoys getting to learn the skills and then put them into practice within simulated practical projects that replicate real life situations.

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Shannan Southwood-Samuel, STEM ambassador and PHD student

I always saw myself training to be a P.E. teacher - pursuing a career in science had never even crossed my mind until I met my year eleven Chemistry teacher.

She was an incredibly inspiring woman. From setting desks and balloons on fire to making chemistry seem easy. At that point, I knew that chemistry was the industry for me.

During my A-levels, I became a STEM ambassador and attended events to promote girls in science and to encourage them to consider a career in science.

I am now completing a PhD in up-grading coke oven by-products by Tata Steel.

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Abbie Tattersfield, Forensic Science student

A lot of people just see you as another mind, they don’t see you as a woman. You’re just another person who’s got the qualifications or the passion. 

Don't give up. It can get hard at times, science. There's a lot of maths and it can be complicated – but there are always ways around that.

Science is always changing: a lot of the time, there isn't really a single answer or solution, so you’re always learning new things. 

I want to go into chemical, biological and radiological warfare. Science really underpins that, so you need to have a good knowledge of how those agents work.

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Dr. Tracie McKinney, course leader for BSc (Hons) Biology

I had a number of female professors in graduate school.  They were brilliant, hard-working, and respected amongst students.  It took a while for me to notice that none of them had children.  

The situation for women in STEM is improving. Regardless, this was a bit of an eye-opener for me.  I always wanted a family, but I wanted to be a scholar, too.  Why do these things have to be mutually exclusive? Most of my male profs had kids, and it never slowed them down.

I’m there now, with the coolest kid in town and a secure post as a senior lecturer.  I’ve managed to find a comfortable balance for me, but it is our job to make sure this gets easier for those who come after us.

Science Accreditation: Royal Society of Biology
Science Accreditation: Royal Society of Chemistry
Science Accreditation: The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences