Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the diversity of all staff in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and aims to address gender, race and sexual orientation inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of certain groups in senior roles.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

SAT Committee Actions and Notes

Athena Swan SAT meeting 16.10.17: Notes and Actions
ALL (esp. Jim) – Take more care with our email address lists so people don’t get missed off emails
Annette Götz – Arrange female staff coffee morning
Jim Smith – Promote equality and Diversity training: link this to PDRs to encourage uptake. Include all staff plus PhD students.
Michelle Hale/Jim Smith – All staff focus group; half an hour at start of next academic staff meeting; all staff to be invited for session.
Sarah Reynolds – with Rob Inkpen, organise Women in Geo/Env/Geog Sci Event.
Jim Smith – obtain data on success rates for internal promotions
Melvin Vopson – Update blog to better reflect new Athena Swan agenda. Check if automatic emails can be sent to followers when blog is updated. If not, Jim to email all staff with regular updates/items of interest.
David Franklin – Arrange female undergrad focus group.
Jim Smith – Continue work on actions and feedback from last application and review at next SAT meeting best timing for next application.
Jim Smith – Need an undergrad and PhD student on the SAT committee; will discuss at undergrad focus group and send email to PhD students (Orla is finishing soon).
Jim Smith – Invite Lesley Lee (Equality and Diversity Adviser) to present at next SAT meeting.
Female focus group meeting was discussed – this was successful; thanks to Carmen for organising. Actions completed or included above.
Staff Gender/culture survey was discussed – SEES not bad, but could definitely do better. Address this by raising awareness of Athena Swan issues, Equality and Diversity training and addressing gender/culture issues as they arise.
Equality and Diversity Training was discussed. Aim to have all SEES staff having taken the training by Christmas.
Women in Geo/Env/Geol Sci Event – agreed that this was a good idea; thanks to Sarah for volunteering to work with Rob Inkpen on this.
Application for Bronze award – need to show evidence that dept. culture is changing for next application. DF suggested we wait until University renewal application is complete before re-applying; so next application would be Nov 18 or April 19.

Female undergrad focus group – thanks to David Franklin for organising. Any SAT members welcome to attend (pm 1st Nov).

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