Subscriber stories: University of Winchester
'The work, support and recognition of ECU is absolutely crucial to any HEI' says Carol Kilgannon, Director of Equality and Staff Development at University of Winchester.
‘The most exciting aspect of working on the equality and diversity agenda right now is the appetite that colleagues have for pushing this forward for the benefit of all.’
What made you/encouraged you to subscribe to ECU?
The work, support and recognition of ECU is absolutely crucial to any higher education institution in their aims to become as diverse and inclusive as they ought to be. University of Winchester is committed to becoming an example of just such a university, so subscription to ECU is vital to us.
What are the main equality and diversity challenges you have in the year ahead that ECU will be able to support you with?
The University of Winchester are working really hard on the challenge of creating a lasting model for creating opportunities, processes and policies which are fully gender equal. We are already working hard on putting this in place and working on our achievement in gaining the gender equality charter mark bronze award at institutional level. We will certainly be looking to ECU for guidance and best practice in this.
What are you most excited about in your equality and diversity work?
The most exciting aspect of working on the equality and diversity agenda right now is the appetite that colleagues have for pushing this forward for the benefit of all. There is so much good will and acceptance and this gives the work such energy.
Where does equality and diversity sit within your university’s strategy?
Equality and diversity are right at the heart of the strategy for the University of Winchester. We are a values driven university and we really believe that all individuals matter. We should strive to communicate and live our inclusivity agenda in all of our areas of operation. The diversity agenda is core to our internationalisation, widening participation, learning and teaching, and research focuses. It is central to our staff satisfaction, recruitment and staff development strategies. There is no area in which we do not recognise and value the importance of equality and diversity.
What piece of ECU work has been most helpful to you?
The excellent feedback we have received from our submission to the gender equality charter mark will inform our plans to make the university even more inclusive going forward.
What is your personal highlight of working with equality and diversity at your institution?
To date, I am delighted with the university’s progressive and proactive approach to the inclusion of transgender and non-binary folk. Our policies have been developed in partnership and consultation with our Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) staff and student network groups and with the enthusiastic encouragement of our senior management. The university’s commitment and strong support for this project has been, quite honestly, uplifting.