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November 10, 2017

Aurora – Leadership development programme for women

Filed under: Athena SWAN,Aurora — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:47 pm

Aurora is the women-only leadership development programme developed by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK to help address the under-representation of women in senior posts in higher education.

The Aurora programme is targeted at those who identify as female up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent in a university or higher education college, ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as one option for progression. It is designed to introduce key leadership topics and skills in 4 workshops (each x 1 day), complemented by networking, role models and guest speakers at each event. Further, on-going support is ensured through action learning (1 day scheduled as part of the programme), online resources and institutional level support including mentoring and institutional Aurora Champions.

In 2017-18, the University are committing to make available up to 5 funded places on the Aurora Programme commencing in London on 8 March 2018, with attendance on 4 further dates: 24 April 2018, 17 May 2018, 12 June 2018 and 5 July 2018.

Last year's Aurora delegates

Last year’s Aurora delegates

Please email ldev@essex.ac.uk to request further details including an application form.

 



October 4, 2017

Harassment Advisory Network Drop In sessions

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:45 pm

The Harassment Advisory Network offers a confidential signposting service for staff, students and visitors who experience any kind of bullying or harassment, relating to, for example, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, religion, etc.

We are pleased to announce that our weekly Drop-In sessions, will commence on Tuesday 3 October from 1pm to 2pm in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, Room MFC 1. No appointment is necessary, just turn up. An adviser will be on duty to help ‘signpost’ you to routes to solutions and support.

Alternatively, you can make an appointment to speak to a Harassment Adviser by contacting the network by phone on 01206 874334 or through email at harass@essex.ac.uk. There is more information about the network on the Harassment page of our Equality and Diversity website.

If you believe that you have been the victim of a Hate Crime you can report that to the Hate Incident Reporting Centre via hirc@essex.ac.uk or directly to the police. Information on how to do this is on the Reporting Hate Crime page of our Equality and Diversity website.



STONEWALL WORKPLACE EQUALITY SURVEY 2018

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:44 pm

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace

As part of the University’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission, Stonewall would like to invite you to take part in their employee survey. The information you provide is anonymous and completely confidential; it is not possible for individuals to be identified through their responses.

Stonewall aims to be as transparent as possible when processing data. We have outlined below how and why they use the data that you submit for analytical purposes:

  • Reporting, to your employer, average scores and trends on key indicators of inclusion in your workplace (where sample sizes are too small, only national, regional and sector trends will be shared with your employer)
  • Reporting national, regional and sector trends on LGBT inclusion in the workplace to be included in the Stonewall Top 100 report in January 2018 and associated publications

If you are interested in taking part, please follow this link, using the following 4-digit code:  1685.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 November.



September 5, 2017

Are you a parent or have caring responsibilities?

Filed under: Athena SWAN — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:59 am

Through the work of Athena SWAN, it has been identified that it is often harder for working parents and carers (primarily women), to attend conferences and networking events, which fall outside of their normal working pattern, due to additional costs.

The University is committed to learning and promotes staff engagement in maintaining and further developing knowledge, expertise, and skills, irrespective of role and career stage.

Whilst it’s recognised that caring costs are only one factor that could affect attendance at these events, the ‘Career Development Fund for Carers’, has been developed to help relieve the pressure in some part, by helping staff with the additional caring costs incurred.

In recognition of these findings, until 31 July 2018, each Faculty and Professional Services department will hold a budget to support Career Development Fund for Carers applications.

Applicants can make one claim per year, of up to £150 to help with additional caring costs incurred as a result of attending conferences, training or networking events. Funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Further guidance and the application form can be found at What support does the University offer staff carers?

If you have any questions relating to this, or any other Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issue, please don’t hesitate to contact us at diversity



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 13, 2017

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Diversifying Leadership programme

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 12:30 pm

As part of the University’s commitment to increasing the diversity of staff at senior levels, the University has funded two places on the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Diversifying Leadership programme designed to support black and minority ethnic (BAME) staff transition into leadership roles. The programme is aimed at early career BAME academics and professional services staff, up to and below senior lecturer level (or equivalent).

This year Ai Gooch and Kojo Koram were selected to attend the Diversifying leadership programme. Below is Ai’s experiences of the event and how it has impacted her.

ai gooch

Subject Librarian for Business and Law

‘’I am a Subject Librarian for Business and Law. I applied for this programme because I am fairly new in my position and I wanted to know more about leadership in the context of UK higher education. The programme has been intensive, but rewarding. The course combines a theoretical framework of leadership and practical exercises to develop skills. For example, we looked at leadership theories through different timelines and across the world to raise awareness of the variety in the concepts of leadership. I also discovered various concepts and approaches related to leadership – sponsorship, for example, is something I had never heard of but I now have two sponsors, who have been a fantastic encouragement to me. Practical exercises, on the other hand, provide opportunities to do things without worrying about failure and to receive feedback. Such examples include ‘elevator pitch’ and ‘active learning sets’. Another positive thing about the programme is to have an opportunity to work with BME staff from other institutions and share experiences. It is really encouraging to meet people who struggle and succeed in similar circumstances. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to progress.’’

 

For more information on the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Diversifying Leadership programme and other development programmes please email Organisational Development at ldev@essex.ac.uk

 

 



April 19, 2017

Aurora: A Leadership Development Programme For Women

Filed under: Athena SWAN,Developing Excellence — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:03 am

Aurora is a women-only leadership development programme created by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK. The aim of the programme is to help address the under-representation of women in senior posts in higher education.

The Aurora programme is targeted to all women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent in a university or higher education college. The programme is aimed towards women who are ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as an option for progression. It is designed to introduce fundamental leadership skills in 4 workshops (1 workshop = 1 day) with networking opportunities and guest speakers at each event. Furthermore, on-going support is ensured through action learning (1 day scheduled for this as part of the programme), online resources and institutional level support including mentoring and institutional Aurora Champions.

 

aurora

This year we have had five successful delegates’ cohorts, from left to right: Emma Appleton (Senior Financial Analyst), Dr Amanda K Chaplin (Post-Doctoral Researcher), Dr Victoria Nolan (Longitudinal Studies Project Manager), Dr Nadine Rossol (Senior Lecturer in Modern European History) and Dr Louise Marsland (Health Services Research Adviser and Lecturer).

 

In 2016-17, the University produced 5 funded places on the Aurora Programme which commenced in London on 8 March 2017, with attendance on 4 further dates: 29 March 2017, 26 April 2017, 24 May 2017 and 28 June 2017.

We were able to catch up with Dr Victoria Nolan on her success in the programme. She has kindly provided us with her experiences with Aurora.

Who are you?

I am the Project Manager for Understanding Society (the UK Household Longitudinal Study), based at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. My role involves project planning, coordinating, tracking and reporting across the eight directorates and a range of other subprojects that make up the Study, and liaising with project stakeholders, funders and data users. I also have line management responsibility for two members of the Understanding Society team.

What’s your view of Aurora?

Aurora is an excellent programme for developing leadership and management skills, and for learning about your personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader and skills that can be developed further. Aurora is helping me to identify ways of improving my workplace behaviour to develop into a better leader, which is helpful both now, and as my role may develop in the future.

Aurora is also helpful for networking and meeting colleagues from around the University, and also from other universities across the country. We are learning a lot from each other and are making connections which will endure after the course itself has finished.

How is Aurora helping you?

The Aurora programme is really helping me to develop leadership skills that I can put into practice in my day-to-day work. I am learning about my identity in the workplace, techniques for “being heard”, different styles of leadership, and developing a presence within the team. We have gone on to learn about managing credibility, profile and influence, and building effective networks. We are developing “Action Learning” techniques to identify and find ways of resolving challenges that we face at work.

What does Aurora bring to the table? Why should people do it?

Aurora is useful as it is provided externally to the University hence, enables networking with a broader range of people, but is bounded by being focussed on higher education professionals, so all the delegates share fairly common experiences. The training days are well-structured with a combination of presentations from successful female role models within the industry, and group discussions where delegates can share their experiences and discuss challenges and possible solutions.

I would recommend that people apply for the Aurora scheme as it is a well-structured, interesting and useful course which covers a broad range of skills, and provides advice and guidance for better understanding your workplace self and gives you the tools to develop your leadership skills further in the future.

What does it mean to be a Successful Aurora Delegate?

I was very pleased to be chosen to take part in the Aurora programme. It is encouraging to be recognised as someone with future potential and I am pleased to be given the opportunity to develop my skills further within the context of this programme. Once the programme is finished I am certain I will have developed personally and been able to take some essential leadership skills back to the workplace.

 

You can find more information for the Aurora Programme here.

 



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.


 

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