Strathclyde secures hat-trick in female leadership programme

Dr Jana Schniete

The University of Strathclyde is to be represented for the third session in a row on a female leadership programme which features an Antarctic expedition.

Dr Jana Schniete, a Postdoctoral Researcher in Strathclyde’s Department of Physics, has been selected to take part in Homeward Bound, a global 12-month leadership initiative for women with a background in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

The programme will culminate in the 100 participants taking an expedition from Tierra del Fuego, off the coast of Argentina, to Antarctica.

Dr Schniete follows two researchers from Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences who took part in previous Homeward Bound challenges – Chancellor’s Fellow Dr Katherine Duncan in 2017-18 and Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Kirsty Robb in 2018-19.        

Dr Schniete said: “I am beyond excited for having been selected and am honoured to be working together with many fascinating women from all over the world. I think my participation will lead to valuable collaborations for future projects and will have a great impact on my future career path.

“It is widely acknowledged that women in STEMM fields are underrepresented in leadership globally, in the UK, women currently make up nearly half - 46.5% - of the workforce, but hold only 22% of senior leadership roles.

“Research repeatedly shows that while women demonstrate great integrity and a legacy mindset when it comes to leadership, decision-making and the creation of collaborative and effective teams, they are overwhelmingly under-represented in the traditionally male-dominated professions.”

The Homeward Bound selection panel noted Dr Schniete’s potential to lead and enact change, which made her a natural choice for the highly sought-after leadership programme.

The Homeward Bound programme includes online learning to increase leadership capacity, strategic capability and collaboration.

Its founder, Fabian Dattner, said: “The aim of Homeward Bound has always been to identify and foster outstanding leadership potential in STEMM and Jana is exactly the kind of person I had in mind when I dreamt of this programme.

“It is no accident that we end up in Antarctica, as it is part of the vision. It is where we can see the impact of our inaction first-hand. It is sensitive and challenging, awe inspiring and motivating, and I can think of no more fitting experience for a group of leaders.”