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Loughborough University

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Loughborough University

Who are Loughborough University?

Loughborough University aims to ensure equality for men and women. We follow the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and WISE by wishing to attract, support, and reward women in STEMM at all career stages.

Our staff and students make up a community of over 18000 people, including over 3200 employees. Our activity is concentrated on a 437 acre campus - one of the largest in the UK – with excellent provision for sporting and recreational activities. One-third of the workforce comprise academic and research staff, the remainder are administrative, clerical, technical and manual staff. Our community is now organised into ten Schools; seven STEMM Schools together with the School of Arts, English and Drama, the School of Business and Economics and the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. Whilst our subject mix has a significant impact on the overall gender balance of the institution, women are well represented at senior level.

The University is also renowned for its achievements in sports science, sports technology and sports performance. In 2012 we hosted the preparation camp for Team GB ahead of the Olympic Games and over 90 Olympic and Paralympic athletes had Loughborough connections of some kind. Several of our own past and current female STEMM students took part in the Olympic and Paralympic games.

The University’s special trademark has always been its substantial partnerships with industry, government and the professions, which bring benefits to all our core activities: teaching, research and enterprise. Our major partnerships with Rolls-Royce, CAT and Ford and the 1700-strong workforce employed on our campus in tenant organisations exemplify this.

What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women's recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are Loughborough University involved in?

  • Recruitment: We monitor recruitment and success rates for females on an annual basis. We encourage a gender balance on all recruitment, appointment and promotion panels. All chairs of panels have to have attended our recruitment and selection training which incorporates the Equality Act 2010.
  • Early career support to research staff: We provide a mentoring programme for research staff as well as career development opportunities.
  • Flexible working: We have various policies/contracts to support this.
  • Support for women on maternity leave: We have an excellent package along with Keeping in Touch days. We are planning to set up a Working Parents’ Network for returners from any form of parental leave.
  • Support for women returning from maternity leave: We are advocating a return where time for research is encouraged and is taken into account in our academic Workload Model.
  • Mentoring schemes: We provide mentoring, coaching, development opportunities, including an internal leadership programme as well as sponsoring women onto external programmes. We have set up a Women Staff Support Group and a Senior Women’s Network.
  • Female representation on influential committees: We monitor these and are actively encouraging female representation.
  • Equal opportunities for promotion: We monitor rewards and promotions to see if they are equitable on an annual basis and are considering using the same circumstances allowed in the REF 2014 to be taken into account in promotions.

Why did Loughborough University join WISE?

"We joined WISE to help us progress our gender equality work as part of our Athena SWAN commitment. The membership allowed for our staff and students to get involved as individuals or through our Schools. It allowed us to get involved in activities organised by WISE and others, as well as advertising some of our own activities and jobs for free."

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