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Help us with gender equality planning

Colour photograph of the University of Reading Athena SWAN application team

One key part of how we work as a University on diversity and inclusion (D&I) is to bring groups of people together to focus on equality and D&I issues. These groups have different names but their purpose is the same: to identify on the basis of evidence, consultation and personal experience what we are already doing well and what needs to change. Then to propose an action plan and agree the actions proposed with the wider University.

In the last three years we have set up groups with a provided by existing national self-assessment and action-planning schemes. These are:

  • The Athena SWAN Bronze, Silver, and Gold charter marks relating to advancement of gender equality, run by the Equality Challenge Unit (part of Advance HE)
  • The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, focussed on equality and inclusivity for LGBT+ staff and students
  • The Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Bronze and Silver charter marks

Details of all the above schemes and copies of the action plans can be seen on the Charter Marks part of the Diversity and Inclusion website.

Following open recruitment at the end of last term, we have a new University Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team of colleagues (shown in the photo) who are:

  • assessing gender equality across the institution
  • identifying actions and building support for these
  • preparing our next Athena SWAN submission in November 2019

We’re keen to hear your ideas and for volunteers to join to focus groups. You can meet the team here and email any member if you would like to be involved. 

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