Alongside key initiatives and policy changes described in the previous section, we have been working hard at changing day-to-day practices. In a large department like WBS, linking goals and values to everyday work activities is a central challenge.
At the level of academics programmes, through a mix of quantitative and qualitative measures, we actively monitor:
Devolved action plan
One way we have done this is via the development of a devolved suite of Athena Swan action plans, which relate the main areas of activity within the school, namely academic subject groups, professional sections and academic taught programs.
Programme directors – Associate Deans within WBS – are then tasked with diagnosing problems, and proposing and delivering actions that ensure we continually improve. This has led to numerous initiatives, such as the development of a whistle blowing policy, designed to protect students who wish to complain about the use of gendered language in the classroom.
Strategy and practice is enabled by the fact we have world-leading academics in the Business School whose research and teaching centres on the roe of gender in the workplace. Illustrative papers include:
Gender is also a central topic in the following illustrative modules: