The Daphne Jackson Trust
The Daphne Jackson Trust is a charity that has been helping women and men return to their research careers in science, technology, engineering and maths since 1992. The Trust was founded following the death of Professor Daphne Jackson, the UK’s first female physics professor who had a vision to remove the barriers that individuals face when trying to return to careers following a break for family caring or health reasons. Work life balance is a key issue in our society and many people wish to take a break for family or health reasons. In the fast moving world of scientific research, highly qualified and skilled individuals who take a career break quickly find themselves lagging behind their peers, and when returning to work, they struggle to find research-based employment which fully utilises their knowledge and experience. Our Fellowships give returners the opportunity to balance a challenging research project, with a personally tailored retraining programme that gives them the confidence and skills they need to return to their career. Our Fellows’ will contribute to research that will in future bring benefits to our society as a whole. For example, contributing to better ways to diagnose and treat disease, and developing our understanding of the mechanisms of climate change. To date, the Daphne Jackson Trust has helped over 250 individuals return to their careers and with your support we will be able to help hundreds more. The Trust is a unique organisation that brings potential returners together with sponsoring organisations and universities. Our Fellowship Advisors offer unparalleled mentoring and support throughout the fellowship, whilst Universities, learned societies and other organisations provide financial support. Donations are vital to our work in reaching out to the untapped pool of returners and helping individuals overcome the barriers they face when trying to return to their careers.