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Clem Herman

Senior Lecturer

Clem Herman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Communications and is the co-Director of eSTEeM, the OU's centre for STEM pedagogy (www.open.ac.uk/esteem) which promotes innovation, scholarship and enterprise in STEM open and distance learning. She is the University's Athena SWAN champion and chairs the STEM Gender Equality Working Group as well as leading the department's Athena SWAN self assessment team.

The focus of Clem's research work has been to bring a critical gender analysis and a theoretical perspective to the experiences of women who return after taking a career break to work in STEM related fields and in particular the locations, both temporal and spatial, in which their identities as scientists, engineers and technologists are developed, nurtured, curtailed or rekindled. Her most recent research has been about the employability and careers of women returners and in particular the impact of career breaks for women in European engineering and technology companies.  She is the founder and Editor in Chief of the open access International Journal of Gender Science and Technology

Clem is currently teaching on the following Open University courses

T215 Communication and Information Technology
TM129 Technologies in Practice

She is also working on the development of a new open educational resource to support women returning to STEM after career breaks.

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