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August 29, 2017

Trans equality from a Queer Studies perspective

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:37 am

Come and join the next meeting of the LGBT+ Allies network on Tuesday 5 September from 13:00 – 14:00 in Room 4SA.6.17, when Victoria Beckwith, Project Officer (Tackling Sexual Violence) will be giving a presentation on ‘Trans equality from a Queer Studies perspective’.

Please go to HR Organiser to book your place.



Stonewall’s Leadership Programme and Stonewall’s Young Leadership Programme

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:35 am

‘The deadline for applications for funding for Stonewall’s Leadership Programme and Stonewall’s Young Leadership Programme has been extended to Friday 1 September at 5 pm.  Please follow this link for more information on the course, the criteria and the application form, together with the guidance notes.  

The University is committed to promoting staff engagement in developing knowledge, expertise, and skills irrespective of role and career stage, so please take advantage of this great development opportunity and apply as soon as possible.’



August 18, 2017

Stonewall Leadership Programmes – apply for funding now!

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 9:34 am

To support the University’s commitment to promoting staff engagement in developing knowledge, expertise and skills irrespective of role and career stage, we are funding two places on each of Stonewall’s two LGBT* leadership programmes:

STONEWALL YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME 2017-18

We are looking for a diverse range of LGBT* staff of 18-25 years of age including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people who consider themselves to have a disability.

STONEWALL TWO-DAY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME 2017-18

We are looking for a diverse range of senior level LGBT* staff including those from ethnic backgrounds, people of faith, disabled people, women and non-binary people and those at the intersections of these identities.

 

Further information on application criteria, including the University’s application form, can be found on the Equality and Diversity website.  The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Tuesday 29 August 2017.  

If you are successful in the University’s application process, you will then go forward to take part in Stonewall’s highly-competitive application process where you will be required to complete their online application with our support. If you are shortlisted to take your application further, you will be required to provide an up-to-date CV.  Places on the programme are therefore not guaranteed.



June 30, 2017

LGBT+ Allies

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 9:41 am

The University’s Straight Allies group has recently been re-named and the group is now called ‘LGBT+ Allies’.  If you would like more information or if you would like to join the LGBT+ Allies group please follow this web link.

Don’t forget Essex Pride 2017 is on Saturday 24 June in Central Park, Chelmsford when representatives from the Essex LGBT Alliance will be promoting their work and enjoying the family fun day out.

We also have our special event LGBT on 3 July entitled : Removing the ‘one box identity’: The effects of intersectionality on life experiences.  For more details and to book your place please go to HR Organiser.

You can also contact us at diversity@essex.ac.uk



June 29, 2017

Gender Equality – We Want Your Views

Filed under: Athena SWAN,Gender equality — Mohammed Alam @ 12:21 pm

As part of the University’s participation in the Athena SWAN Charter we want to know how well you think the University supports staff of all genders and promotes gender equality. We want your honest opinions which we will use to inform future work in this area.

The survey consists of 17 multiple choice questions and 9 monitoring questions and should take less than 10 minutes of your time. Please do complete the survey and encourage others to do so too – the survey will be open until Friday 21 July.

Additionally, it would be much appreciated if you could add the following text to your signature.

How well do you think the University supports staff of all genders and promotes gender equality? Please give us your feedback by taking our  online survey before 21 July



June 2, 2017

Removing the ‘one box identity’: The effects of intersectionality on life experiences

Filed under: Athena SWAN,Developing Excellence,Developing Knowledge,Gender equality — Mohammed Alam @ 1:22 pm

Many of you will be aware of work going on around the University to improve the experiences and outcomes for different groups of staff and students through participating in initiatives such as Athena SWAN and the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. This work has led to a number of changes to policy, practice and process across the University, all designed to create a more inclusive environment, but what challenges remain, what barriers still exist that prevent people from being accepted without exception and how can we move towards understanding how individuals’ multiple identities interact to affect their working, learning and social experiences?

This is the beginning of a series of discussions on the broad topic of inclusivity which we hope will create a platform for bringing together people with a range of expertise and personal experiences which in turn can help inform our work in this area. The session will take the form of short talks by each of the speakers followed by a panel discussion, taking questions from the audience.

Event details:

Monday 3 July 2017
6pm until 7.15pm followed by a drinks reception until 8pm (Colchester Campus)
Essex Business School building EBS.1.1 and video linked to Southend campus room GB.2.18
Bookings to be made via HR Organiser for staff.  For students, friends and family please email ldev@essex.ac.uk

Speakers

Thomas Currid, Lecturer, Health and Human Sciences

Thomas will talk about how he uses intersectionality in session content design and in his teaching. His expertise lies in the area of mental health and he will describe how he asks students to reflect on the multiple identities of the mentally ill and also the challenges they face e.g. sexism, racism, ageism, singularism, homophobia, etc. Thomas will also talk about intersectionality approaches in dementia and others with mental illness and through this lens, discuss mental health and the LGBTIA+ community.

Dr Sonia VirdeeDirector of Strategic Planning and Change

Sonia will give a brief personal narrative to stimulate discussion on attitudes and approaches to equality in Higher Education, from the perspective of a woman and an ethnic minority.

Fr. Alex Gowing-Cumber, Anglican Chaplain, Essex and East London Workplace Chaplains 

Alex will reflect on his evolving nature as a disabled spiritual practitioner who has never fitted neatly into tick box exercises and as a result faced prejudice and discrimination at the cross section of most junctions of his life. He will also briefly touch on 24 years and counting in a mixed race marriage and what it was like, as a couple, flying back into England having been at a conference in Rome, the day after the Brexit vote.

Further information:

Stonewall has produced some very useful information on their web pages around LGBT in the workplace.  If you are interested in finding out more about other issues in the workplace i.e. Bi-Sexuality and Trans equality these links might be helpful.



April 19, 2017

Celebrating International Woman’s Day 2017

Filed under: Athena SWAN,Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:57 am

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8th March. Thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. This year, Essex Women’s Network organised a number of events centred around the theme of Health and Wellbeing in order to mark this special occasion.

To start the day, Psychotherapist Vanessa Murphy ran an experiential mindfulness session, exploring ways in which the simple practices of mindful breathing and meditation could help us respond, rather than react, too stressful and difficult situations.

This was followed by an open discussion facilitated by Susie Morgan (Director of Human Resources) and Dr Valerie Gladwell (Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science) on the topic of health, wellbeing and maintaining a work-life balance.

We were also happily joined by Dr Caroline Marfleet, a Consultant in Family Planning and Reproductive Health at Colchester General Hospital, who provided information on the menopause. This was well attended by students and members of staff in Colchester and also in Southend, as the session was available via a live video broadcast. The session covered information such as the stages of the menopause, the symptoms and long-term impacts that may occur, how these symptoms can be reduced by using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the potential side effects that HRT may cause. Dr Marfleet also answered questions from attendees both regarding the menopause and wider fertility topics.  If you would also like the slides used by Dr Marfleet during this session, please email Jamais Webb-Small at jwebbs@essex.ac.uk.

Alongside these sessions, there were also a number of events that were held throughout the day. Free NHS checks were conducted by ACE Lifestyle, and Emma New provided wellness profiles that included the measurement of fat percentage, muscle mass, bone density and water percentage. In addition to this, a number of stalls were also held on square 3. Some were run by organisations centred around the theme of health and wellbeing (such as Health in Mind, Mid and North Essex Mind, Robin Cancer Trust and Occupational Health) whilst others instead showcased the facilities that the University has to support staff and students (Parent’s Group and the Women’s Network), and to improve the University’s environment to allow for equality of all genders both within academic departments and professional services (Athena SWAN). The Women’s Network organised a free lunch of soup and bread through Hospitality Essex, with a collection pot for monetary contributions to be donated to Colchester and Tendering Women’s Refuge. A total of £77.36 was raised!

In addition to this, both members of the Colchester Soroptimists and the Students’ Union LGBT* and Friends Society also ran stalls in order to fundraise for their organisations and provide information about what their respective groups are about, the aims that they have, and the type of events that they hold for their members.

However, the highlight of the day for many was the Motivational, Empowering and Inspirational (M.E.I) Women’s award. Sixty members of staff and students across the University, who identify as women, were nominated by their peers, students, friends and colleagues to be recognised for their inspirational achievements and their empowering attitudes that motivate and encourage others to be the best that they can be.

The awards were opened by the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and the Diversity Champion of Gender (including gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, Professor Aletta Norval. This year, the awards were attended by the Chancellor of the University, Shami Chakrabarti, who provided a short speech exemplifying the importance of recognising and celebrating the achievements of others both inside and outside of the University.  Shami humorously referred to the occasion as a ‘reverse Twitter’ as, in an era where online ‘trolling’, harassment and abuse are something that is experienced by many,  students and staff across all three of the University’s campuses nominated others anonymously for uplifting and remarkable reasons. Shami strongly stated that it is important to hold events like this, as the incredible impact that individuals have on others around them can often be forgotten or deemed as insignificant when faced with criticism, derogative comments and self-doubt.

Shami then commenced with presenting each nominee with their award by reading the reasons behind their nomination and inviting them down to collect their certificate.

The awards were extremely well attended, and enjoyed by all. One attendee said that it was “lovely to attend a ceremony based around honouring people for what they do to help others rather than purely on personal achievement.”

Some images from the day’s events can be found here.



August 30, 2016

Benefits for staff

Filed under: Advice & Support,Gender equality — Tanya Clements @ 9:00 am

Your working life is inextricably intertwined with your personal life; it is difficult, even sometimes impossible, to separate the two. By continually improving our policies, services and terms and conditions of employment, the University of Essex aims to provide an excellent working environment for all, while also encouraging staff to develop a healthy work/life balance. With this aim in mind, we currently offer a selection of benefits to staff, which include:

  • Access to a purpose-built nursery (Colchester campus), which offers outstanding day care to children from three months to five years of age.
  • Childcare vouchers and a flexible benefits scheme to help with the cost of child care.
  • Cycle to work scheme. This Government run tax initiative, first introduced in 1999, is designed to encourage more people to stay fit and healthy by cycling to work. The scheme also aims to reduce the amount of pollution caused by commuter traffic.

Further information on support for your health and wellbeing is available on our website.

Please Note: The University does not automatically assume that partners of staff are of a different sex, and makes every effort possible to ensure that policies, services and workplace benefits apply equally to same-sex partners, as they do to different sex partners, whether or not their partnerships are recognised in the eyes of the law.