Daphne Jackson Trust

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Daphne Jackson Trust
Founded 1992
Founder Daphne Jackson
Location
Area served
UK
Key people
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell (Chair of Trustees), Dr Katie Perry (Chief Executive)
Website http://www.daphnejackson.org

The Daphne Jackson Trust is an independent UK charity[1] founded in 1992[2] which runs a scheme to help scientists, engineers and technologists return to their careers after a break for family reasons.[3] The Daphne Jackson Trust arranges paid two year, part-time fellowships which are normally based at a university or industrial laboratory throughout the UK. Fellows carry out a supervised research project and retraining programme.[4]

The fellowships are designed to significantly increase employability and remove the disadvantages associated with a career break.

The Trust has worked with over 200 fellows since it was established.[5]

History[edit]

The fellowship scheme was started by Daphne Jackson, the first female professor of physics in the UK.[6] Over the course of her career she met many clever and highly qualified scientists who were reduced to taking low-level jobs because they had taken a career break. Daphne Jackson is reputed to have said, “Imagine a society that would allow Marie Curie to stack shelves in a supermarket simply because she took a career break for family reasons.” [7] Deciding that this was a waste of talent and investment, in 1985 Jackson began a pilot scheme that enabled women to return to their careers.

The pilot scheme enabled talented women to return to their careers in science, engineering and technology (SET)[8] after a break by offering fellowships composed of a retraining programme linked to a challenging research or development project, with the overall focus put firmly on improving future employment potential of the individual. The key objective was that the fellowship should help re-establish professional expertise as well as personal confidence, within an appropriately supportive environment, with significantly improved job prospects at the end. A total of 27 fellows successfully completed fellowships during the pilot scheme, which ran during the late 1980s.

Jackson left a legacy after her untimely death in 1991 which enabled the Daphne Jackson Trust to be formed in 1992.[citation needed] The physicist Professor Elizabeth (Betty) Johnson was a major force in the establishment of the Daphne Jackson Trust. Betty had been one of the first Daphne Jackson Fellows in 1986 at Imperial College London.[2] Betty Johnson was appointed a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list of 2002 in recognition of this work.[9]

The Trust named its 100th fellow in 2002[10] and has gone on to work with more than 200 returners. The Trust took its first male fellow in 2003,[11][12] and now works with both men and women.

Governance and administration[edit]

A board of Trustees governs and controls the affairs of the Daphne Jackson Trust. Trustees are: Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell (Chair of Trustees), Dame Fiona Caldicott, Professor Rob Eason, Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Mr Philip Greenish, Ms Wendy Harle, Dr Robert Hawley, Dame Louise Johnson, Professor Nigel Mason, Dr Jan Peters, Dr Mary Phillips, Mrs Janet Purnell, Professor Margaret Rayman, Professor Sibel Roller-Walach, Mr Richard Rooley FREng, Professor Edward Smith, Professor John Wood

The Patrons of the Daphne Jackson Trust are: Professor Dame Athene Donald, Ms Vivienne Parry, Ms Maggie Philbin, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden

An administration team looks after the fellowships and all day-to-day operations.

The Daphne Jackson Trust was established as a Charity in 1992, Charity Number 1009605.[13] The Trust was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2008. The Charity Number was changed and its new status became effective from 1 December 2008.

Registered by the Charity Commission as the Daphne Jackson Memorial Fellowships Trust with Charity Number 1125867.[1]

Registered Offices: Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Sponsors[edit]

The Daphne Jackson Trust now relies on sponsors and donors to carry on its work. Sponsors include The UK research councils: EPSRC,[14] Natural Environment Research Council,[15] BBSRC,[16] Medical Research Council (UK) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Charity Commission. The Daphne Jackson Memorial Fellowships Trust, registered charity no. 1125867. 
  2. ^ a b Perry, Katie (9 October 2003). "Obituary: Betty Johnson". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2012. The physicist Professor Elizabeth (Betty) Johnson, who has died aged 66, was a major force in the establishment of the Daphne Jackson Trust in 1992 to help women returning to science after a career break. 
  3. ^ "The Daphne Jackson Trust". University of Leicester Department of Engineering. Retrieved 8 March 2012. The Daphne Jackson Trust is an independent charity dedicated to returning talented scientists, engineers and technologists to careers after a break of two years or more 
  4. ^ "Online catalogue - The UKRC". The UKRC. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2012. The Trust normally offers two year part-time Fellowships, which are held at a UK University or research laboratory. Fellows carry out a supervised research project and retraining programme. 
  5. ^ West, Jan (27 January 2012). "Careers, interrupted". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 8 March 2012. Since it was set up more than 20 years ago, the Daphne Jackson Trust has worked with more than 200 "returners" like Watson. Of these, 96% have returned to employment in science, engineering and technology (SET), with 72% going back into research, 10% to teaching and 15% to careers in SET-based academic administration or management. 
  6. ^ "University of Surrey Press Release". 16 January 2002. Daphne Jackson was Britain's first woman professor of physics and lived in Guildford until her untimely death in 1991. 
  7. ^ "Memorandum to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Innovation, Universities and Skills, Memorandum 50". 27 March 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2012. Professor Daphne Jackson, who set up in 1985 the first (and still the only) retraining initiative to help women scientists return to research after a career break summarised the issue of women returners most succinctly by saying "Imagine a society that would allow Marie Curie to stack shelves in a supermarket simply because she took a career break for family reasons". 
  8. ^ Perry, Katie (9 October 2003). "Obituary: Betty Johnson". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2012. Jackson set up the Daphne Jackson Fellowship scheme in 1985, offering female returners to science a chance to retrain and update their skills over the course of two-year academic and industrial fellowships. 
  9. ^ "University of Surrey Press Release about Betty Johnson MBE". 19 June 2002. Dr Betty Johnson, Co-ordinator of the Daphne Jackson Trust has been awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to people returning to careers in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). 
  10. ^ "Times Higher Education - Daphne Jackson Trust names its 100th fellow". Times Higher Education. 20 September 2002. Retrieved 8 March 2012. The Daphne Jackson Trust has named its 100th fellow since it was set up ten years ago. 
  11. ^ Davis, Caroline (24 October 2003). "Times Higher Education - Men who juggle campus and Pampers". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 8 March 2012. Kafala had begun to fear that his academic career was over, but he has just found a part-time research position in medical physics at Surrey University. He got a helping hand from an unexpected quarter, the Daphne Jackson Trust. 
  12. ^ Perry, Katie (6 February 2004). "Five Children and a Fellowship - Science Careers - Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Faculty, Postdoc jobs on Science Careers". Science. Retrieved 8 March 2012. Kafala became the first male Daphne Jackson Fellow in September 2003. 
  13. ^ Charity Commission. The Daphne Jackson Memorial Fellowships Trust, registered charity no. 1009605. 
  14. ^ "Other fellowship opportunities - EPSRC: Dahne Jackson Fellowships". Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Retrieved 8 March 2012. EPSRC is a sponsor of this scheme, which is aimed at enabling scientists and engineers to return to their professions following a career break owing to family commitments. The Fellow re-trains in the context of a guided research project, carried out on a flexible, part-time basis at a convenient University. The Scheme is administered by the Daphne Jackson Trust. 
  15. ^ "NERC - Fellowships". Natural Environment Research Council. Retrieved 8 March 2012. We co-sponsor fellowships awarded by the Daphne Jackson Memorial Fellowships Trust that assists high-level environmental scientists returning to their profession following a career break. 
  16. ^ "BBSRC: Returners to research fellowships". 
  17. ^ "STFC". You can find brief synopsis of just some of the grants and fellowships accepted by RAL PPD below....Daphne Jackson Research Fellowships 

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