Gender equity: from words to reality
  • Rolle 605, Plymouth campus

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In our ‘Plymouth Conversation’ this year we focus on the ways in which gender equity and women’s professional development are being formally and tangibly embedded into the University

During the afternoon, we will:

  • explore how, on a practical level, the Athena SWAN charter and gender equality is being integrated into our academic and professional services community from local and University Self-Assessment Team (SAT) colleagues;
  • share how feedback and input from members of our network has helped to shape both formal mentoring and a number of personal development programmes being rolled out for female colleagues and how to get involved in them;
  • understand how each one of us can choose to get involved and help raise awareness with other colleagues, and continue strengthening our network
Our discussion panel this year will include Professor Liz Kay and Professor Dafydd Moore, co-Chairs of the University Athena SWAN SAT, who will talk more about the University’s Athena SWAN journey and how this has been embedded into the University’s Equality Scheme. 

The University Women's Network invites professional services and academic staff to join us for an afternoon of thought provoking, challenging and bold discussions.

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During the afternoon you can...

  • , Explore our gallery walk of gender equality activity, integrated in our University community
  • Ç Become a mentor or mentee in the Women's Network mentoring programme
  • } Get involved in a personal development programme
  • < Strengthen our network and raise awareness of gender equity

The programme

13.00 - 13.15: Registrations, refreshments and networking

13.15 - 13.20: Welcome, housekeeping and introduction to Women's Network, today's event and panellists (Rachel Jagger-Thomas and Lucy Spowart)

13.20 - 13.35: Athena SWAN - The Plymouth journey so far (Professor Liz Kay and Professor Dafydd Moore - Co Chairs of the University Self-Assessment team (SAT))

13.35 - 13.50: The ‘Athena SWAN Impact at Imperial College London’ – A reflection on some of the key changes experienced and the main impact engaging in AS has had for the College  (Rob Bell - Imperial College, London)

13.50 - 14.20: Q&A with panellists: Professor Liz Kay and Professor Dafydd Moore, Julia Davy and Rob Bell

14.20 - 14.50: Silent Discussion and Gallery Walk: 

14.20 – 14.35 Silent Discussion activity 
14.35– 14.50– Gallery Walk and open conversations Delegates will be able to meet with and discuss information and posters presented by representatives of departmental and University SATs outlining details of some of their gender equity statistics and Athena SWAN activities. In addition, a display defining the Athena Swan Charter, its aims and objectives will also be available for participants to review and learn more about this initiative.

14.50 - 15.05: Laura Beahan: The University Women’s Network Mentoring Scheme

15.05 - 15.40: Roundtable discussions facilitated by University Women’s Network Volunteers – asking delegates to respond to a variety of questions on topics such as:

  • What was the most surprising/ useful information delegates have found out from the conference? 
  • What further ‘myth busting’ is required about the gender equity work being undertaken across the institution? How best to share this? 
  • How can network members realistically support in raising awareness of Athena SWAN and gender equity? 
  • What further information do members feel would be useful in raising awareness and reporting progress on activities to enhance gender equality? 
  • How to engage more people with women’s mentoring programme and mentors/ mentees? 
  • Collate any volunteers for focus group on encouraging more applicants for committees

15.40 - 15.55: Report back – tables share a key point from their discussion and action that they commit to follow up on after the conference.

15.55 - 16.00: Thanks and close of the event

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