Volunteers needed for REC and Athena Swan self-assessment teams


June 8th, 2021

The university is inviting expressions of interest from representatives across the institution and at all levels to be part of the Bronze REC Implementation Group and/or Athena Swan Institutional SAT group as a Member or a Co-Chair.

This is a significant opportunity for colleagues to be a part of a core group of people who will be delivering positive change at the university.

As part of our Race Equality Charter (REC) submission, we identified the need to review our current governance structure around Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

This review will ensure that we have a clear oversight of the activities taking place to deliver our action plans to support both race/ethnicity and gender.

The overall aim is that we establish a new structure that would merge some functionality, create new Self-Assessment Teams (SAT), and revise some existing groups.

Members and Co-Chairs are required for the following groups:

  • Bronze REC Action Plan Implementation Group. This Group will help with the delivery of the actions from the REC submission. The group will ensure the Faculties and Departments progress against the REC Action Plan.
  • Athena Swan Institutional SAT. This Group will continue to deliver against the action plan and prepare for the next submission.

The Bronze REC Implementation Group and the Athena Swan ISAT will meet approximately 3 times per year.

The groups will follow a Co-Chair model, which has worked well in other EDI areas. The Bronze REC Implementation Group will be Co-Chaired by Professor Todd Landman and the Athena Swan ISAT will be Co-Chaired by Professor Robert Mokaya, both of whom are members of UEB and will contribute enormously to these groups with their expertise, knowledge, and strategic overview.

The expectation is that Members will play an active part in achieving the recommendations and tasks from the REC and Athena Swan action plans.

As Co-Chairs you will ensure that the Bronze REC Implementation Group and the Athena Swan Institutional SAT groups deliver against their associated action plans. You will be supported by the EDI Senior Project Manager and other delivery teams and will also regularly meet with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for EDI and People. In addition, along with your Co-Chair you will report on progress to the Race and Gender Equality Steering Group, who will meet three times a year.

If you are passionate about EDI and want to be instrumental in helping us create a more inclusive university, we would love to hear from you. Please discuss your application with your line manager, before submitting to ensure that you will be given the time required to play a full part in the group. Workload allocations will also be agreed for all SAT and implementation group members.

Applications from previous Athena/REC SAT members are very welcome.

We are particularly keen to ensure that there is strong representation from all job families and all parts of the university. For the REC implementation group, we would like the membership to be ethnically diverse, aiming for at least 50% of members with Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds. For the Athena Swan group, we would like the membership to comprise of at least 50% women and no less than 20% men.

Even if you do not hold a protected characteristic, please do consider applying – it is only by working together that we can make the cultural shifts required to truly deliver equality, diversity, and inclusion within the university.

If you are interested in becoming a Member or Co-Chair of either the Bronze REC Implementation Group or the Athena Swan Institutional SAT, please complete this application form by Friday 18 June 2021. We would also request that you complete an optional separate, confidential, diversity monitoring form.

If you have any questions, please contact steven.macnamara@nottingham.ac.uk.

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