WISE Ten Steps: Be creative in job design

Often dubbed ‘the garden of England’, Kent is well known for its fruit and hop growing industries. Unfortunately, it is much less well known for its STEM schooling and many of the engineering firms in the area, including Pfizer, Fujifilm and Sunray Engineering, report an acute STEM skills shortage.
Kent has fewer STEM graduates than the national average, and those that do graduate in these subjects tend to leave the area. As such, Canterbury Christ Church University has partnered with industry to set up a new school to provide degrees in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, ICT and more.
D&I is at the heart of the work, and the university has implemented a number of practices to improve the gender balance of teachers. These include ensuring gender neutral job adverts; gender balanced interview panels; a reworked assessment criteria; unconscious bias training for staff and much more.

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