Dr Clara Barker is unique in that she is transgender and holds an academic research post at Oxford University. But how did she get there and what hurdles did she face along the way? In this fascinating chat, we learn about Clara's accidental road into research and how she almost walked away. Now in her academic position, she works to promote transgender voices and LGBTQ+ inclusion across academia. Recently she has supported work by the Royal Society of Chemistry to produce toolkits which enable universities, researchers and teachers alike to ensure they create inclusive environments, paving the way for more LGBTQ+ people to be themselves and succeed in STEM and research more broadly.
You can follow Clara on Twitter (@ClaraMBarker) and her YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/clarambarker).
The Royal Society of Chemistry toolkits can be found here: https://www.rsc.org/new-perspectives/talent/inclusion-and-diversity/resources/lgbt-toolkit/ and the accompanying report here: https://www.rsc.org/globalassets/04-campaigning-outreach/campaigning/lgbt-report/lgbt-report_web.pdf
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