Presentation on theme: "Encouraging Women into Engineering Research in Europe."— Presentation transcript:
1 Encouraging Women into Engineering Research in Europe. The Transition to Aston- enhancing the learning experience for first year students with a focus on local and mature students, Amanda Ingleby & Baljit GillEncouraging Women into Engineering Research in Europe.What initiatives work?Professor Alison HalsteadPro Vice ChancellorStrategic Academic DevelopmentsGlobal Education Dialogues:The Asia SeriesAugust 9-10, 2012Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam21st International Conference on the First-Year Experience, June 2008
2 The Challenge. European Commission: She Figures, 2009 The Challenge. European Commission: She Figures, Getting off the sticky floor!
3 Conclusions from the 2009 She Figures The % of women is the smallest at the top of the academic hierarchyPhD situation slightly better but given the fact the more women than men graduate without proactive policies change will remain slowThe gender pay gap is still a major EU concern. There is no country in the She figures where women's wages are equal to men’s wages, despite universal legalisation to impose equality!!Official measure of gap stood at 25% in the EU-27 in 2006
4 Athena Swan – Enabling Women’s career progression – A UK initiative The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. Aston University Athena Swan TeamPro Vice Chancellor (Executive)Executive Dean (EAS)Head of Group (EAS)Staff DevelopmentEquality and Diversity OfficerProfessor (Life and Health)Lecturer (Life and Health)Lecturer (Engineering)
5 Aston University, Birmingham, UK Students: 10,000Engineering and Applied SciencesLife and Health SciencesBusiness SchoolLanguages and Social Sciences80% of all courses include an internshipTop 5 for Graduate EmploymentExecutive decision to review progress of women
6 A review of the top University Committees 2005 male2005female2012 male2012 femaleVice ChancellorMale until 2006Female from2006Female from 2006 to dateExecutive Team1116
7 What did the benchmarking in Engineering at Aston University tell us?
9 What have we doneIncrease the internal and external profile of female academics that contribute to National or International Events.Continue to encourage and support women to apply for senior roles and promotions – by clarifying the criteria and opportunities for allPilot a new mentoring scheme for women in Science and Engineering to support these activities and involve undergraduate, postgraduate students
10 Successful initiatives in practice It is clear that policies without accountability and enforcement measures are not enoughCollaborationNetworkingSharing,Everyone working together in a mutually beneficial wayBrings about progress but change is slow!