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Webinar: Action Plans for successful Athena SWAN submissions

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REGISTRATION IS CLOSED - THIS WEBINAR IS FULL. A recording of the webinar will be available in the member area (within 48 hours of the webinar).


Join WISE for this online Knowledge Sharing Event, free for members this event will be of particular interest to those applying for Athena Swan accreditation.

Contributions from:

James Lush - Equality Charters Development Manager, Equality Challenge Unit, who will provide guidance on the development and importance of the Action Plan for successful Athena SWAN submissions.

Synopsis: James Lush, Equality Charters Development Manager, Equality Challenge Unit will introduce the Athena SWAN and its current scope, the purpose and fundamentals of action planning, and the complementarity between planning at institutional and departmental levels. He will also share some reflections on four years of moderating Athena SWAN review panels.

Kate Carruthers Thomas - Senior Research Fellow/Project Manager, Athena SWAN at Birmingham City University, who will share Birmingham City University’s approach to creating a successful Action Plan.

Synopsis: Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas, Athena SWAN Project Manager and Senior Research Fellow, Birmingham City University who will share insights on generating and presenting a SMART Athena SWAN Action Plan. Kate's presentation is informed by Birmingham City University's recent application for a Bronze Institutional Award and on her experience as an Athena SWAN Panellist involved in reviewing Institutional and Departmental Action Plans for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

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Speakers Biographies:

James is the Equality Charters Development Manager and joined Equality Challenge Unit in 2013. He provides strategic and operational support to ECU’s charters – especially the Athena SWAN Charter – with a particular focus on development, improvement and expansion. James advises Athena SWAN applicants and moderates up to 20 review panels each year. He previously worked as Policy Manager at the Biochemical Society, working across a wide range of science policy issues, including focusing on gender equality initiatives and mainstreaming equality at the society. He holds a First class BSc (Hons) degree in Anatomy from the University of Glasgow.

Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas is the Athena SWAN Project Manager and a Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham City University (BCU). She led BCU's first and successful application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award (November 2016) and is currently engaged in implementation of the university's Bronze Action Plan. Kate is an Athena SWAN Award panellist and her current research 'Gender(s) At Work' focuses on gender and career in the HE sector. She has worked in HE since 1999 primarily as a widening participation practitioner and project manager and convened a national Women in Lifelong Learning Network between 2007-2014. Kate writes a blog: thegword2017.wordpress.com

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