We will be submitting an application to be re-accredited with the bronze Athena SWAN award in Winter 2018. The bronze institution award requires universities to undertake an assessment of gender equality in the institution, including quantitative (staff data) and qualitative (policies, practices, systems and arrangements) evidence and identifying both challenges and opportunities. We are holding a series of focus groups at different levels during Spring/Summer 2018 and all BU staff are invited to attend. These will provide rich qualitative data about staff experiences and perceptions, as well as suggestions for improvements, around key areas assessed via the SWAN process. The focus groups also show BU’s continuing commitment to gender equality and desire to engage with staff. The data will be reviewed by the SWAN Self-Assessment Team and Steering Group and will inform the award submission and action plan.
Details of the focus groups can be found here. The five groups are as follows:
|Focus Group 2: Maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption and parental leave||Thursday 10th May 2018||10.00 – 12.00||Lansdowne Campus|
|Focus Group 3: Flexible working and managing career breaks||Tuesday 15th May 2018||11.00 – 13.00||Talbot Campus|
|Focus Group 4: Childcare||Thursday 7th June 2018||10.00 – 12.00||Lansdowne Campus|
|Focus Group 1: Promotion (rescheduled from April)||Monday 18th June 2018||11.00 – 13.00||Talbot Campus|
|Focus Group 5: Workload model||Tuesday 3rd July||11.00 – 13.00||Talbot Campus|
If you are unable to attend any of these focus groups, but still want to share your views please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To book a place on these sessions, please email Organisational Development.