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Have you applied to join Athena SWAN mentoring? and other news

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E&D news and updates

In this edition:

  • UEL’s Race Equality Twitter account now live:
  • Info on a number of events – topics include progressing female talent in academia, improving transparency and boardroom diversity, narrowing the attainment gap in HE and improving equality at work for BME students
  • WISE membership – Have you used your free membership opportunity?
  • And finally – articles and blogs which have been shared with me, which may be of interest


WISE membership – Are you a member?

University of East London are proud to be a member of the WISE Campaign (which promotes women in science, technology and engineering). All employees and students (all genders) can join as individual members for FREE by following this link. The benefits of joining include; 

WISE welcomes support for the campaign from men and women at all stages of their career, to promote science, engineering, technology and maths from the classroom to the boardroom​.

Conferences / Events which may be of interest – More info below:


And finally – articles and blogs which have been shared with me, which may be of interest:

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Athena SWAN updates

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Athena SWAN and Gender Equality at UEL

Over the last year, we have been working on UEL’s Athena SWAN submission. This has involved a self-assessment process to enable a better understanding of gender equality issues currently experienced at UEL. We are coming towards the end of this process and at final stages of drafting our action plan.

We would like to share key achievements as well as the plans to address gender inequality at UEL. Within our action plan we aim to achieve real progress through embedding actions within key UEL agendas and through alignment with the UEL Corporate Plan and Academic Strategy. For example, the academic framework review provides an excellent opportunity to remove barriers to progression and the soon to be launched RKE strategy to address gender imbalances within UEL research outputs. A summary of the key achievements to date and priorities going forward are outlined below. (The full action plan will be made available in due course)

AS achievements and plans April 2017

UEL’s Women’s Network, which supports efforts around the Athena SWAN charter, continues to sponsor regular events aimed at promoting gender equality principles. To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Women’s Network offered a career empowerment workshop in Stratford on 7 March which drew more than 60 University employees. The workshop was part of a series of events hosted by UEL to mark International Women’s Day.

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We are about to open our Athena SWAN mentoring programme for 2017/18 and further information can be found on our intranet pages.

International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) is not long away – 8th March 2017. What does International Women’s Day mean to you in 2017? Find out what women of UEL have to say:

World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity. IWD campaign are asking us to #BeBoldForChange. Submit your #BeBoldForChange action via the IWD website.


If you haven’t already, book your space on UEL’s Womens’ Network event scheduled for 7th March 2017

Career Empowerment – a workshop on coaching for career empowerment facilitated by colleagues from the School of Psychology (Dr Marie Stopforth, Dr Rona Hart and Dr Jolanta Burke).

With welcome and introduction by Dr Lisa Mooney, PVC and chair of our Athena SWAN Steering Group – we are soon to submit our charter application and this is an opportunity to update you on our action plan.

  • Date: 7th March 2017
  • Time: Arrive at 12pm for refreshments, 12.30-1.30 Workshop followed by networking (ends 2pm)
  • All genders welcome but space limited so book your space now: Follow link to book


You may also be interested in:

be-unpluggedBE… Unplugged returns on International Women’s Day 8th March (6-9pm USS), for an unmissable evening  that brings together a panel of ground-breaking influencers, change-makers and trailblazers. The panel will be in conversation discussing their journeys and what it takes to create change for tomorrow.

 The panellists include:

  • Jeremiah Emmanuel BEM – Founder One Big Community
  • Afua Hirsh – Education Social Affairs Editor Sky News
  • Courtenay Griffiths QC- Barrister (Damilola Taylor case, Charles Taylor ‘Blood Diamonds Case)
  • Cherry Healey – TV Presenter, Channel 4 ‘Health Detectives’
  • Dihanne Rhiney – Psychologist and Publicist
  • Reya El Salahi – Reporter and Presenter, London Live

This discussion will provide practical advice that engages, empowers and entertains covering social change and justice, transforming communities from within, starting a movement, feminism, Brexit, the power of this generation to take charge and transform the future and more. Register for your free ticket at:

Creating Connections East 5
Wednesday March 8th from 3pm – 5pm.

Stratford Library, The Grove, E15 1EL (10 minute walk from Stratford Underground / Train Station)

Register at

Creating Connections East is a networking event that brings together staff and postgraduate students from University College London and the University of East London with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations. The afternoon is a mixture of themed discussions in small groups with more informal networking; the aim is to find areas of common interest and encourage collaborative working.

Topics will include:

  • Safeguarding women
  • Involving men in volunteering and engagement



To celebrate International Women’s Day, we will be hosting a discussion to celebrate key women in different industries! Make sure you come along to support women’s rights and discuss how we can support diversity int the workplace. If you would like to find out more in terms of how you cna progress in your career or business, make sure you are at this event!

**We welcome people of all genders to this event.

Date: Thursday 9th March 2017.

Time: 18:00 – 20:00 (including break).

Venue: University Of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London, E15 4LZ, United Kingdom.

Follow here for more details