A message from Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Manchester:
Last year Advance HE commissioned a Steering Group to undertake an independent review of the Athena SWAN charter. The Steering Group was asked to examine the application and review processes for awards and to make recommendations to ensure that the Charter is fit for purpose and continues to be regarded as a highly valued mark of gender equality.
The Steering Group has completed the first part of its review which involved information gathering through a ‘soft consultation’. During this process we sought views from colleagues across the sector through face-to-face sessions with focus groups, webinars and an on-line survey. The information we gathered from the many people who engaged with the soft consultation has highlighted the high value with which the Charter is held but also identified a number of areas of concern.
The Steering Group is now seeking views from the sector on a number of solution-based concepts which are designed to address the key issues which have emerged. These are presented in the survey which I hope as many of you as possible will complete. I would like to assure you that the survey is confidential, no participant will be identified and that raw data will only be only be shared with the Steering Group and its advisors. The findings will inform the Steering Group’s recommendations and will be summarised in the final report.
Please go to https://advance-he.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/asreview to complete the survey.
Thank you for your help with this. The Steering Group is keen to hear the views of individuals across the sector irrespective of their role. Do please feel free to circulate this e-mail to your colleagues.