Our strategic plan defines Equal as: 'promote equality and justice between peoples and nations.’ YAS values equality and diversity, and is proud of the equal gender split of the current membership.  We strive to make our recruitment process fair and open, and encourage applications, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or any other protected characteristics.  In 2016, we introduced our At-Risk Academic and Refugee applications scheme to encourage displaced peoples to join YAS, and we have committed to continuing this initiative for at least the next two application rounds.

In addition to maintaining a diverse and equal membership, many of our activities promote equality and justice in Scotland and worldwide. To explore some of these activities, see below:

Silent Histories

YAS produced a short video exploring the silent history of refugees in Scotland with an accompanying pack of school resources aimed at the 8-11 year old audience.  Entitled ‘Silent Histories’ the project helped Scottish children develop a knowledge and understanding of the experience that past and present refugees have in Scotland. The video featured Scottish refugee and mental health campaigner, Amal Azzudin.  To learn more about this project and to watch the video, visit this article in the YAS news section.

Academic Women Now

Published by YAS in 2016, this booklet highlights the varied routes to success taken by our female academicians.  Each page gives an overview of one woman’s academic career, considering their personal circumstances as well as their professional achievements.

The booklet aims to facilitate and inspire further discussion and study about the career progression of women in different disciplines across the entire range of academic disciplines. By focusing on the mid-career stage, it offers a set of role models for early career researchers, many of whom still harbour doubts about whether academia is a good career for women. 

To learn more about this project and to download the booklet, visit this article in the YAS news section.

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Silvia Paracchini is a neuroscientist working in the field of human genetics, interested in the molecular mechanisms contributing to neurodevelopment. Her research aims at understanding how DNA variation may contribute to common disorders, such as dyslexia, or human traits, like handedness. She uses a combination of different methods and technologies integrating epidemiology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, stem cell and animal research.

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