Head of Department projects

We are well supported by our Heads of Department/Schools who actively promoted our mission to deliver an Athena SWAN Silver award application in November 2019. It was critical to our success that all of our college leaders played a central role in providing leadership of our gender equality activity, championing initiatives and projects (important to them) that affect real change not only in their department/school but across the College.

Identifying projects

During April 2019, meetings were set up with all Heads of Departments and Heads of Schools (and Centre Leads) to cover a range of issues including:

  • securing local data that is not available centrally or requires additional checks
  • establishing a shared understanding of current ‘good practice’ largely around culture and particularly communication
  • identification of a project that could be championed by the CLT member and could operate cross-college

Heads of Departments/Schools each identified an area that they thought would benefit progression and expansion across the College. These meetings simply identified the area that could be taken forward and each agreed to take part in a workshop where they would speak about progress made on their project/initiative.

Department/School  Project area  Action 
Cardiovascular Sciences  Male advocates for change  Form a cross college sub group to advance the MAC initiative.
Diabetes Research Centre  Shadowing  Re-institute a shadowing scheme for all staff groups.
Genetics  Widening participation  Include a short section on women in science in all outreach activity.  
Health Sciences  Pathway to progression for academic and research staff  Produce a schematic that summarises good practice in achieving a pathway to progression for research and academic staff for departments to populate with their data.
Molecular and Cell Biology  Gender balance in seminar speakers  Produce document to share that could be considered 'policy' for representation in seminar speakers. 
Respiratory Science  Facilitated session around childcare for expectant parents  Explore external funding opportunity for this from WTISSEF EDI fund. 
School of Biological Sciences
Inclusive curriculum activity  Explore a sample of reading lists for inclusivity. Audit learning approaches that facilitate inclusion. 
School of Psychology  Inclusive curriculum activity   
School of Medicine  Intersectional issues around student attainment