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Equalitylink March 2017


Welcome March 2017

Equalitylink is Equality Challenge Unit’s monthly round-up of equality and diversity news, resources and a summary of ECU’s work with the sector.

Equality update

Sector news

ECU subscribing institutions win awards for their equality and diversity work at the Guardian university awards 2017

Visit the ECU website for further details.

Our work

ASSET 2016 launching soon

We will be publishing the results of the Athena Survey of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET) 2016 next week.

The report will be available to download from the ECU website. Keep an eye on our Twitter page and the hashtag #AthenaSTEMM16.

Athena SWAN Charter awards results in Ireland announced

Congratulations to Dublin City University, University College Dublin and the University of Limerick’s Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences.

Read our full announcement.

ECU’s response to the consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

Download our response here.

A gap in our progress on gender equality

ECU celebrated International Women’s Day 2017 by shining a light on the gender pay gap in UK higher education. Read our blog post now.

Get involved

ECU’s annual conference 2017

Call for conference workshop and paper proposals now open

This year our annual conference will be in Birmingham on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November.

The theme is inclusivity, intersectionality, action: moving forward the equality agenda in higher education.

We are pleased to be able to invite workshop and paper proposals around our 2017 themes of inclusivity, intersectionality and action. The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday 21 April 2017 at 17:00.

For the first time we are also pleased to welcome submissions from organisations and individuals working in other sectors.

Call for reviewers

In keeping with our collaborative approach to our annual conferences we are also seeking expert panellists to assess the submissions we receive. If you would like to be a reviewer, please contact Senior Policy Adviser Gemma Tracey.

ECU call for examples of equality and diversity work that supports religion and belief

ECU is calling for examples from the sector of equality and diversity work around the protected characteristic of religion and belief relating to staff and students.

The provisional deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 April at 17:00. For further information visit the ECU website.

Vacancies to join the ECU team

We currently have some really exciting opportunities to join the ECU team. Visit the ECU website for full details:

  • Member engagement officer
  • Equality charters advisers x2
  • Training and learning adviser
  • Policy officer (0.6 FTE)

Resources and support

LGBT+ network of networks

After our recent guest blog post on the importance of staff LGBT+ networks and the challenges they face, ECU hosted a successful meeting, earlier in March, with representatives from a number of higher education institutions, and Stonewall.

Following this initial meeting we are delighted that a second meeting is being planned for May 2017 (date, TBC) for representatives of higher education staff LGBT+ networks to discuss the LGBT+ network of networks further.

For further information or to be added to the network’s mailing list email Senior Policy Adviser Jess Moody.

Girls in tech

The school of informatics at the University of Edinburgh launched a new video Girls in tech to celebrate International’s Women’s Day 2017. In addition to the video a number of case studies are also available to watch on the school’s website.

Gender in the global research landscape

Download the report from Elsevier now.


BME leadership in higher education summit 2017

Thursday 18 May 2017 10:00 – 15:00 in London

ECU are pleased to partner with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education on our joint BME leadership in higher education summit 2017. The summit will be chaired by Baroness Amos.

Register now for free.

If you would like to be featured in the next issue of Equalitylink, please email details to Lauren Sandhu, Communications Officer.