At the University of Southampton, WiSET+ is a group made up of staff across different faculties that aims to support women, enabling them to achieve their full potential by shaping university policies and culture. Founded in 2002, the group was formed to support Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WiSET).
In September 2018 the group was renamed WiSET+, signifying an expansion to all disciplines including science, technology, engineering, medicine, maths (STEMM), arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL). WiSET+ will strengthen their working relationship with the other diversity groups within the university.
WiSET+ has achieved many things since it formed, including support of university wide Athena SWAN activities, reviewing the promotion process, raising the importance of work-life balance, mentoring and running equality, diversity and inclusion events. Every year WiSET+ invites champions of equality from worldwide, both male and female, to give the prestigious Campbell Lecture at the university.
In 2016, WiSET+ introduced the WiSET awards which reward and recognise individuals in the university that go above and beyond their role to promote gender equality.
WiSET+ has also recently been working on raising the visibility of women around the university, commissioning two mosaic pieces of art made from hundreds of photos of university women.