Athena Swan Event 2012
Held: 20th January 2012
The University held its second annual Athena Swan event attended by over sixty people representing every SET Academic Department in the University including Heads of Department and Senior Staff and Corporate Services Divisions including HR, Staff Development Partnership and Corporate Affairs and Planning.
The event was opened by the Vice Chancellor who emphasised the University’s desire to improve gender equality as an end it itself independent of any awards the University might gain in the process.
We then heard from our guest speaker, Dame Professor Athene Donald, from the University of Cambridge. Professor Donald delighted delegates with an inspirational and comprehensive account of gender inequality within academic science. She went on to describe many ways in which Departments can act to remove barriers to success and development for both women and men.
A lively ‘Question Time’ was chaired by Professor Paul Cullis (Chair of the Athena Swan Working Group) during which views of panellists and delegates were shared and votes were taken on a wide variety of questions.
A full acount of the event including the results of various polls taken during the event will be available shortly. Also available soon will be a comprehensive template for the use of Departments in preparation for Athena Swan silver submissions. This will be designed to point toward available resources, suggest good practice for common scenarios and share experiences and good practices established in various Departments.
(This report is only available to University Staff & Students)