I am a final year PhD student studying at the Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. My PhD is a qualitative study which explores the career aspirations and of women PhD students.
Other than in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) subjects, little work has been done to understand why some women choose not to stay in academia after stuyding for their PhD. This research will examine the career decisions made by women PhD students and how these decisions are made, identifying any barriers participants feel prevent them from staying in academia. Whilst acknowledging that a variety of factors are likely to influence individuals’ decisions, this study will focus on the perceived impact of gender-specific barriers on whether or not women choose an academic career.