In the latest Athena SWAN newsletter you can read the news and events relating to gender equality, as well as why Athena SWAN is important to everyone at BU. There are lots of interesting articles in this edition, including information on the key institutional SWAN actions planned for 2019, an introduction to Professor Sarah Bate (the new chair of BU’s Athena SWAN Steering Group), and a link to BU’s career development fact sheet.
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In the latest Athena SWAN update you can read the news and events relating to gender equality, as well as why Athena SWAN is important to everyone at BU. The leading story is the Department of Media Production’s Bronze SWAN Award.
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 email@example.com
To book a place on these sessions, please email Organisational Development.
The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced a new national award which recognises individuals and teams in the UK research community who have contributed towards the advancement of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in their institutions and organisations. The award aims to inspire innovation and leadership in diversity issues.
12 November 2015
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination Act being passed in the UK. We applaud the progress that has been made since.
But in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), progress remains slow. Women make up just 14 per cent of the UK’s STEM workforce. We want to see this be nearer 30 per cent by 2020.
It’s not the quality of our female scientists or engineers that’s the issue. Girls are outperforming boys at school in STEM subjects, but we’re losing girls at every stage between the classroom and the boardroom. The challenge is attracting, retaining and promoting female talent in the workforce.
We need to inspire more girls to choose STEM qualifications as a route into fulfilling careers that benefit themselves, future employers and our economy. Changing the messages we give girls about STEM at school and at home, and identifying more positive role models, is the first step to achieving this.
But to be successful, this must be backed by strong public policy. We challenge the government to provide a clear commitment to accelerate diversity in our STEM industries.
We cannot afford to wait another forty years to achieve this change.
Research and Development Manager in London, Bloomberg
President, Institution of Engineering and Technology
Chair, WISE Campaign
Co-founder, Women’s Equality Party
This is fantastic news and a big thank you goes to the Self-Assessment Team at BU, led by TianTian Zhang and supported by James Palfreman-Kay. All have worked hard to submit to this award.
The Athena SWAN charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
Well done BU!
Date and time: 3 Feburary 2015, 15:00-17:00
Location: K101, Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University
Event Description: This presentation will outline the challenges and opportunities of developing both the Institutional Athena Swan Bronze Application and the subsequent development of the individual School Applications within the University of Brighton. It will discuss both the methods used to obtain and analyse the various datasets and the approaches adopted in terms of developing an action plan which would build on our existing practices to improve gender equality and develop a more inclusive and progressive culture within the university.
After the presentation there will be the opportunity for individuals to find out more about the Athena SWAN work at BU and take part in a focus group.
Professor Andrew W. Lloyd MA (Cantab.) PhD CSci CChem FRSC FBSE FIMMM FHEA
Dean of the College of Life, Health & Physical Sciences, Professor of Biomedical Materials
Andrew Lloyd graduated from Robinson College, University of Cambridge in 1986 with a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology. He completed his PhD in biopharmaceutics and was appointed to the academic staff in the Department of Pharmacy, University of Brighton as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1989, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1993. He was made Reader in Biopharmaceutical Sciences and elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1998 and awarded the chair in Biomedical Materials in 2000. He was appointed as Joint Head of Research with responsibility for strategic planning in the School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences in 2000, Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering in 2003 and to his present post as Dean of the College of Life, Health & Physical Sciences in 2014.
Professor Lloyd led the Institution’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Steering Group which secured the University Bronze Award in 2012 and chairs both the University Athena Swan Steering Group, which presently oversees the development of the School-based Award Applications, and the University Research Concordat Implementation Steering Group.
15:00 Welcome from Professor Tiantian Zhang, Head of Graduate School and Chair of BU Athena SWAN institutional self-assessment team
15:05 Talk from Professor Andrew W. Lloyd
16:00 Overview of the BU Athena SWAN submission, Professor Tiantian Zhang/James Palfreman-Kay
16:10 Group discussions to consider what more should we do:
• in addressing gender balance at BU?
• in supporting and advancing women’s careers?
• in organisation and culture change to enhance gender equality?
• in supporting flexible working and managing career breaks?
16:55 Closing comments, Professor Tiantian Zhang
17:00 Event closes