December 17th, 2021
Earlier this year the university ran our regular Athena Swan and EDI survey, aiming to capture the experiences and perspectives of colleagues on a range of key areas like workload, ADCs, career development, promotion, flexible and part-time working, workplace culture, EDI and parental policies.
The survey had a response rate of 34.7%, which is the same as last time. Given that many of us are dealing with radically different working environments and often juggling various responsibilities, health concerns and other challenges, this is a welcome response.
Some key facts and figures are as follows:
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We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who found the time to take part. Holding this survey regularly helps us to measure the impact of the work we undertake together in our Athena Swan programmes and EDI Strategic Delivery Plan. It also helps to guide our future actions.
Feedback from the previous survey helped drive developments across the university, such as:
The university has a brand-new Athena Swan institutional self-assessment team (ISAT) who will receive the (anonymised) survey data and use it to review our current action plan, consider priorities for the next year or two, and start the process of applying for our next institutional award.
The survey results and the stories, ideas and honest reflections that people generously shared will be at the heart of this work, and ISAT will share the key headlines and trends that they discover in the data in forthcoming communications.
In the meantime, our Faculties and Professional Services will start to receive their own local survey results early in the new year so that they can use these to measure and guide local EDI activities. Our new PVC for EDI and People, Professor Katherine Linehan, will also be able to use the results as part of broader EDI strategic developments across the university. Anything shared in the survey will stay completely anonymous at all times.
There are a number of ways that you can get involved with EDI activity around the university, including:
For any questions or queries, please contact Charlotte Kingsbury, HR Project Officer.
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