The University of Oxford is a member of both the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). Both groupings have been working to benchmark data on the progression of women in academia, and to share good practice in relation to initiatives designed to support the recruitment, promotion and progression of female researchers and academics. The University of Oxford has contributed to this work through its Equality and Diversity Unit (EDU). This seminar, led by the Head of the EDU, Trudy Coe, will:
- Share the results of the two benchmarking exercises
- Explore the differences and similarities between different national 'pipelines' for women in academia in general and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Medicine) in particular
- Consider what Oxford has learnt from participating in these exercises, alongside the University's work on engaging all its science and medical sciences departments with the Athena SWAN initiative, which addresses the under-representation of women in academic science and medicine
- Discuss the broader learning for policies and initiatives on gender equality and culture change in higher education, in particular those aimed at the recruitment, retention and career progression of female research and academic staff.