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Sharing learning from our attracting diversity project

Published: 17/05/2017

This week's focus is on the University of Aberdeen’s involvement in attracting diversity.

The University of Aberdeen has been involved in Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) attracting diversity project since late 2014. The project team reports to two of the university’s committees, the advisory group on equality and diversity and the student experience committee. The data generated during year one and two of the project has helped various departments with their Athena SWAN plans and reports. Ongoing activities in year three of the project include:

  • An update of our management information systems
  • Develop an internal equality and diversity (E&D) admissions and recruitment reporting framework
  • Improve and enhance the institutions admission data to the meet future reporting needs
  • Develop a regular means of capturing E&D qualitative data from the student body
  • Develop an E&D outreach initiative in partnership with a local secondary school.

 E&D outreach with local secondary schools

The outreach initiative is being developed jointly by the widening participation officer and academic staff from the Computing Science department. A team from the university will work with a class of S3-S4 pupils at a local school to develop a poster and presentation on gender in Computing Science. This initiative will involve a series of on-campus and in-school workshops. A focus group will also be held with parents/guardians to learn about their views of the subject in relation to gender. At the end of the project the pupils will attend an event at the university to give a presentation on what they have learned. One aim of this initiative is to develop a resource that can be used with secondary schools by different academic departments to help tackle gender underrepresentation.

Work on the outreach initiative and the remaining activities is ongoing and updates will be provided in subsequent blog entries.