University of Leicester
Who are the University of Leicester?
The University of Leicester was founded almost a hundred years ago in the aftermath of the Great War. The people who built this new institution hoped that it would be not only a living memorial to the darkness of their recent past, but a beacon of hope for the future. Their aim was that sacrifices made in war should be commemorated through education and research that would change the world for the better. We are delivering this ambition. Our values reflect our motto: ut vitam habeant, ‘so that they may have life’. To do justice to the hopes and the expectations of those on whose shoulders we now stand, we strive to make a difference in everything that we do.
Today the University of Leicester is a lively, energetic and global community, in which dedicated and talented people are anticipating, working towards and helping to shape the future. We are committed to undertaking research that saves, improves and enriches lives, and to fostering a teaching and learning environment that transforms the prospects of our students and those they will go on to influence. Our values inspire and permeate this strategic plan, and include:
- Sharing a commitment to excellence
- Respecting and appreciating people in a culture of trust and integrity
- Championing academic freedom and the importance of constructive debate
- Recognising and celebrating achievement and success
- Ensuring that the decisions we make about education are always student-centred
- Nurturing innovation and solving problems creatively • Being aware that we work better when we work together
- Acknowledging that without mistakes, change and innovation are impossible
- Being accountable for our actions and promises
- Leading by example and doing what we say we will do.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are the University of Leicester involved in?
Equality and diversity is at the core of everything that the University currently does – and everything that we aspire to do. Students and staff come from across the globe to study and work at Leicester, bringing with them an incredible diversity of viewpoints, beliefs, attitudes and approaches which enrich both the University and the city.
The University first gained its institutional Athena SWAN bronze award in September 2008, and it was renewed in 2011 and 2014. This recognises our work and proposals to improve the participation of women in STEM subjects within the University. We want to remove all barriers to both men and women that exist as a consequence of their gender. Through the Athena SWAN process, we create and solidify good practice, which benefits both women and men within the University.
As well as Athena SWAN, the University of Leicester’s commitment to gender equality includes:
- Leadership for gender equality initiatives – A high level executive group has been established.International Women’s Day – we celebrate every year with a series of events.
- Aurora Women’s Leadership Programme – we sponsor an annual cohort of women who cascade their learning. The programme is for women only and is run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
- We sponsor and facilitate returning female researchers – the Daphne Jackson Trust provides fellowships for people who have been out of academia for at least two years. Usually, this would be women who have taken on childcare. As a Daphne Jackson sponsor, we jointly fund this programme.
- We provide a central carer’s conference fund – this helps to pay for additional caring costs which may arise when staff are required to attend important training events or conferences held on days when they normally wouldn’t work.
- We deliver unconscious bias training.
- We have dedicated breastfeeding and baby changing facilities.