Following our equality charters awards ceremony in December, two of the Athena SWAN Charter awardees told us why the award is important and about their initiatives to tackle gender inequality. Louise Bryant, Professor of Psychological and Social Medicine, shares her thoughts on the impact that the gender equality charter has had on the School of Medicine at Leeds University. Ann Armstrong, of Newcastle University, reflects on an initiative as part of Athena SWAN which provides additional support to academic and research staff on their return from extended leave

We were delighted to welcome more than 150 delegates working in higher education to the inaugural Advance HE Women in HE conference to discuss how to accelerate the pace of change to improve the treatment and inclusion of women within the sector.

In uncertain, busy, and increasingly competitive times where disruption is the norm and innovation is essential, just delivering ‘the day job’ in higher education can be tough. We’ve recently updated our consultancy and enhancement offering which aims to support institutions to create the environment for continuous improvement in the ever-evolving HE landscape. Our services are centred around four key themes: student success, EDI, culture change and governance, and are outlined on our website and in our new brochure.

Advance HE is working with UUK and GuildHE to develop a programme of work on behalf of the sector which ensures that the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in HE (PSF) and associated Fellowship and Advance HE accreditation schemes are effective in the contemporary and changing higher education context. We’re inviting tenders for a research study on evaluating the impact of institutional accreditation against the UKPSF. The deadline for tender applications from institutions and research organisations is 12 noon (GMT) on 3 February 2020.

Finally, Advance HE’s work as a registered End Point Assessment Organisation for the Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship is now underway. Advance HE is currently the only registered End Point Assessment organisation for the Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship.



About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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