Jacqui Marshall, HR Director
Women in HE
Introduction by Jacqui Marshall, HR Director
Success through diversity
At Exeter I have had the pleasure of meeting many of our talented female staff members; from talented PhD students, fantastic Professional Services staff and world-changing members of our academic staff. Gender equality is at the heart of everything we do but we are still working hard to support women at Exeter.
In March 2014 we celebrated International Women’s Day with a month long showcase of 31 of our inspirational women. This showcase was positively received by our staff, students, alumni and stakeholders and really highlighted the work we are doing to support gender equality. For Ada Lovelace Day we partnered with Sidmouth Science Festival to celebrate the work of our female scientists. Events such as IWD and Ada Lovelace Day help keep the conversation around gender equality flowing. Over the coming months we are planning to showcase more of our inspirational women as it is so important for women, whether in the higher education sector or not, to have great role models.
We are committed to developing a place where women can feel supported and can develop at any stage of their careers. In addition to renewing our University Bronze level Award we have gained Athena SWAN Silver awards for our Medical School and department of Sport and Health Sciences combined departments of Biology and Geography in Cornwall. We also hold Bronze awards for Mathematics and Computer Science, Biosciences (Exeter), Psychology and Geography (Exeter). Our department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded a Bronze Award on the Gender Equality Charter Mark (GEM) trial where they were one of 36 UK departments who took part in the trial for this new Charter Mark. This is a fantastic achievement and we’re already working towards our further departmental awards.