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Lesbian Visibility Day 2022

Lesbian Visibility Day (LVD) occurs every year on April 26, created to celebrate, recognise, and bring visibility to lesbian identified members of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s about honouring and elevating this unique community of people who are historically overlooked and dismissed by way of being both women and queer.

Dr Claire Davies (she/her)

For Lesbian Visibility Day 2022, we are proud to highlight one of our lecturers, Dr Claire Davies. Dr Davies lectures in Physics and Astronomy on the Streatham campus.

In 2021, Dr Davies was awarded the prestigious Phillips Award from the Institute of Physics. The award is given to members who have played a significant role in leading innovative ideas and activities within the Institute of Physics. She received the award for her unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion and her pioneering work fostering and nurturing networks between LGBTQ+ physicists in academia and industry.

Claire does this through the PRISM Exeter network, which she founded in July 2018 alongside colleagues and PhD students from the Physics and Astronomy department, and employees from Network Rail, the Meteorological Office, Exeter Science Park and Tech Exeter. Through PRISM Exeter, she focuses on raising awareness of LGBTQ+ contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) and sharing best practices regarding equity, diversity and inclusion across the STEMM sector.

Currently, PRISM Exeter are challenging all secondary school, college, and university students across the greater Exeter area to discover lesser-known LGBTQ+ scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and medics. Students are invited to share stories of their lives and achievements by entering PRISM Exeter’s Queer Science Competition, organised in association with Intercom Trust, Exeter Pride, the University of Exeter, Exeter College, Exeter Science Centre, and the Devon Schools Leadership Partnership. To take part in this competition or to find out more, including how to get started on your discovery, click here.