We now have just over 7-months before we submit the University SWAN application to maintain our Bronze Award. We have achieved a lot in the last few years. The University now has a mentoring scheme for academics at any stage in the career progression - we currently have 69 active pairings across all the three Faculties and School. The Aurora programme has been a great success with 31 participants between 2013-2016, and the programme now has 60 participants, mentors and role models.
Our aim is to continue with this success.
To achieve this, I hope we will get input from many of you regarding where we are, what we are doing well and where we could place more effort. To date we have some core themes we have identified based on what the data is showing to date. Our timeline and most importantly ensuring we have the views of members of the University is
- July 2016 - Using data, information and knowledge identify the top 5-7 themes for our submission. These are
- Increase % of female Heads of Department and females in senior Departmental roles. A clear process is required to get the gender balance right.
- Increase % of female Professors
- Retention of female staff
- Support for post-doctoral researchers
- Talent pipeline management
- Part time teaching staff
- Embedding Athena SWAN in the wider University
- Supporting Trans people
- 13th September 2016 USAT meeting - Identify actions for the core themes using both quantitative and qualitative data.
- 26th October USAT Network Meeting - Feed into Core themes and actions.
- 1st November 2016 USAT meeting - agree any additional actions based on data and advance action plan.
- 15th December 2016 USAT meeting- Draft submission and action plan.
- January 2017 - wider consultation of submission
- February 2017 - review feedback/comments from consultation
- March 2017 - approval of submission by Vice Chancellor Group and University Executive.
- 28th April 2017 - SUBMISSION!
As part of the process a number of the USAT members met with the Vice-Chancellor. Our Post Doctoral researcher Emma will provide the next blog and let you know what we discussed!