University Self-Assessment Team

About

Overview

In order to manage and draft an Athena SWAN submission, a Self-Assessment Team (SAT), or equivalent group, must be established. The SAT's role is to oversee the application process, analyse baseline data and produce an detailed action plan. 

The SAT will ensure that the Athena SWAN Principles are embedded throughout the University by overseeing the implementation of the University action plan (2012-2015). The USAT will also monitor the progress of the four Working Groups that have each been tasked with overseeing a section of the action plan.

The USAT reports to the Athena SWAN Strategy Group and Equal Opportunities Committee.

Frequency of Meetings

The University Self-Assessment Team meets three times per year (once each academic term), prior to the scheduled Equal Opportunities Committee meetings.

Membership

The USAT consists of members of staff from across the University, representing each STEMM College and various central administrative departments involved in the Athena SWAN submission process.

Working Groups

In order to ensure all of the actions in the action plan are being progressed, four working groups have been established to oversee a section of the plan. The Working Groups will report to the USAT shall meet once a term (or more if necessary) prior to the USAT meetings.  These are:

Data Working Group

The Data Working Group will manage the implementation of action points 1.1–1.3 of the University Action Plan. This includes;

  • Ensuring that data fulfils Athena SWAN requirements
  • Improving recruitment and promotions data
  • Improving data collection and monitoring with regard to paternity leave, adoption leave, job share and the various forms of flexible working
  • Ensuring completion of exit questionnaire by staff

Career Progression Working Group

The Career Progression Working Group will manage the implementation of action points 2.1, 2.2, 3.1–3.3 of the University Action Plan. This includes;

  • Examining the fixed-term and permanent transfer rates of staff in SET College’s
  • Organising promotions workshops, to including communication of the Academic Career Pathways Policy
  • Organising confidence building strategies for women such as; confidence workshops
  • Implementing a work shadowing programme and mentoring scheme

Organisation and Culture Working Group

The Organisation and Culture Working Group will manage the implementation of action points 4.1–4.6 and 6.1–6.4 of the University Action Plan. This includes;

  • Conducting an Equal Pay Review
  • Implementation of Line Manager Training
  • Overseeing the Recognition and Reward Strategy
  • Improving completion and quality of the Performance Development Reviews
  • Investigating staff views and experiences with regarding to pregnant staff and staff on parental leave and producing a checklist for line managers
  • Investigating awareness of job share and the various forms of flexible working (and uptake)

Communications Working Group

The Communications Working Group will manage the implementation of action points 5.1–5.3 of the University Action Plan. This includes;

  • Increasing awareness of Athena SWAN amongst staff and students
  • Increasing visibility of Athena SWAN (e.g. logo’s on posters, website and recruitment forms, etc) and organising a specific Athena SWAN event and network

Action Points

Following each meeting, a set of action points is produced. The action points from previous meetings are:

USAT 3rd July 2013


USAT 24th October 2012





USAT 25th April 2012

Membership

The USAT consists of members of staff from across the University, representing each STEMM College and various central administrative departments involved in the Athena SWAN submission process.

The membership list can be found here:

If you have any queries about the USAT or would like to be involved, please contact the Equal Opportunities team.