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Join focus groups to develop our next Gender Equality Action Plan

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Our University Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) – meet us here! – are preparing our next Athena SWAN submission for the end of November. This involves reflecting on where we are currently, informed by quantitative and qualitative data, and then developing a gender equality action plan for the next four years.

As a key part of examining where we are and developing this action plan, as we previously announced we are seeking volunteers to join focus groups on areas where we need to dig deeper. We are really keen to have your input and details and timings of these focus groups are below. To sign up or for more information please email the SAT lead indicated.

Flexible working, 29 May, 10:00-11.30. Contact: Rachel Greenwood

The aim of this focus group is to explore perceptions and experiences of staff concerning the University’s policies, culture and attitudes in relation to flexible working. We’re keen to collect experiences from widely across the University, from staff in Schools and staff in Functions across a variety of career stages, and in relation to both formal and informal flexible working arrangements.

Shared parental leave, 13 May, 15:00-16:30. Contact: Steve George

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is a statutory right available to employees who are expecting a child to be born or placed for adoption.  It provides the option of sharing up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay if they meet the necessary eligibility criteria. We’re looking for focus group volunteers to explore factors around the take-up of SPL. We are interested in feedback particularly from current or recently eligible members of staff who have, or have not, chosen to participate in SPL.

Personal titles (academic promotions): How are the new procedures working? 3 Jume, 11:00–12:30 Contact: Aleardo Zanghellini

New Personal Titles (that is, academic promotions) Procedures were introduced in 2016 to improve transparency and fairness in academic career progression at the University. The Athena SWAN team is looking for volunteers who would be willing to take part in a focus group discussing the new promotion procedures and how well they respond to the needs and experiences of different applicants, including by reference to gender and ethnicity. We are interested in feedback from both successful and unsuccessful applicants at different stages of their academic career.

Head of School experiences of how regrading and rewarding staff processes are working 30 May, 10:00-11.30. Contact: Deepa Senapathi

The Athena SWAN team are looking to have a focus group with Heads of Schools on how rewarding staff processes are working. This group will explore the processes that lead to individuals being nominated for rewards including “Celebrating Success Vouchers; Lump Sum Awards; Additional Incremental Progression/Contribution Points”. There will be a related focus group advertised separately for Heads of Functions.

Inclusivity and University Committees. 13 May, 10-11.30am. Contact: Carol McAnally

University committees and working groups are an important part of the University’s governance and decision making process and as such should have appropriate representation and embody a culture of inclusiveness, open discussion and due levels of transparency.  Being involved in committees or working groups is an opportunity for individuals to share their expertise and opinions in order to shape how the University operates and delivers its strategy.  For this focus group, we would welcome colleagues (academic and professional services) to share their experience of joining and participating in committees or working groups, and perceptions on the culture at the University around being involved in committees and working groups.

 

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