Following WMG receiving the Bronze Athena SWAN award in November 2016 we have made continued efforts to implement the initiatives detailed in the action plan.
Our progress so far:
- We hosted a WMG Family Day in June 2018. This was an opportunity to showcase what we do at WMG, and encourage the scientists of tomorrow. The WMG family barbecue which followed also gave our staff the opportunity to relax and socialise with their families and colleagues
"Thank you to everyone involved in organising the Family Day. My family had a great time! We particularly enjoyed the simulator, the tour of the IMC Hall and the Visualisation Tour". (WMG staff member)
- Athena SWAN month was organised to raise awareness of our commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter, and celebrate gender equality in our department
- As part of Athena SWAN month we launched the WES MentorSET Mentoring Scheme. This offers up to 10 females the opportunity to engage with an external mentor who can help facilitate their continual development
- In July 2018 we held a Women in Leadership training course at WMG. This was attended by 15 of our female senior managers
- In October 2017 we introduced WMG's flexible working policy
- We continue to promote and raise awareness of the university's Shared Parental Leave Policy.
- The WMG Management Programme is continuously reviewed to meet the ever changing needs of our line managers. A new Stress and Mental Health Awareness for Managers session was trialled in 2018
- We have recently introduced Academic Promotion workshops to further support staff with the academic promotion process. A female only session was organised as part of Athena SWAN month. The session is designed to help individuals identify any gaps that could impact on their case for promotion and support them in bridging that gap. Workshops are supported by current staff members who have successfully been through the promotion process
- The Women of WMG (WoW) society was formed in 2017. WoW aims to continue building an inspiring, multi-disciplinary community of women in the STEM fields within WMG and to provide a support, social and information base. A programme of activities following input from a female focus group is in the process of being planned for May 2019