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Ladders and scaffolding: Building women leaders


“During the time of COVID-19 women have been less productive with academic publications than men because of all their caring duties, and I am sure this decreased productivity has also happened in other roles,”
Claire Anderson, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board.

Professor Anderson was the first female chair at her school of pharmacy in Nottingham, UK, in 2003, when only 11% of professors at the university were female.

"I am passionate about pharmacy and about pharmacy education and am proud of what we have achieved in developing our MPharm course at Nottingham. I am also proud about how I have worked with colleagues around the world to develop pharmacy education. I am proud of the research I have done that has progressed the role of pharmacists, for example, as prescribers, in a public health role, and in GP surgeries, to name a few."

"Pharmacy in the UK is a female-dominated profession, so it was only when I started work as an academic that I entered a more male-dominated world. I then got used to being the only person at the committee meeting without a beard! However, I have often been encouraged, well supported and mentored by many of my male colleagues and I would not have achieved all that I have without them. I was also lucky to have strong women as role models — especially my late mother, who always believed in me and encouraged me to believe that I could do whatever I wanted to."

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About the author: Claire Anderson is professor of social pharmacy at the division of pharmacy policy and practice school of pharmacy, University of Nottingham, UK, and chair of Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board.

Posted on Tuesday 9th June 2020

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