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University invites staff to take part in Gender Equity Survey

As part of the University’s continual efforts to improve gender equity within the organisation, the EDI Team are seeking to understand colleagues’ experiences in this important area.

To complement an upcoming submission to renew the institution’s Athena Swan Bronze award, Loughborough is conducting an important survey to all staff. Findings from this survey will be used to inform University actions and priorities in relation to our gender equity activities and therefore we are keen to hear from as many staff as possible.   

What is Athena Swan? 

The Athena Swan Charter is a national initiative committed to tackling gender inequality in higher education and research. It’s a valuable framework for guiding cultural and policy changes at the University which helps to create a more inclusive working environment for staff and students.  

Loughborough University currently holds a Bronze Athena Swan Award as an institution and, in line with the University’s strategic aim to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organisation, it will be applying to renew it next year.  

How do I take part? 

From now until 25 September, you can complete the survey online. It takes approximately five minutes to complete. 

If you would like a paper copy of the survey or an alternative version for accessibility reasons, please contact the EDI team by emailing or calling 01509 222668. 

We strongly encourage all staff, regardless of gender, to participate in the survey so the findings reflect an inclusive overview of experiences at the University.   

Why should I take part? 

This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences of gender equity. The survey aims to collect information on University culture, including questions relating to inclusion, belonging, work-life balance and career development.  

The responses from this survey, combined with further data, will be used to form a strategic action plan to progress gender equity over the next five years.  

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Charlotte Croffie commented: “Loughborough University is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, as it enables us ‘To Create Better Futures, Together’. Athena Swan which champions gender equality is one of the ways we can proactively demonstrate our commitment in our sector, and beyond.

“I do hope you will take the opportunity to complete the Gender Equity Survey, as your contributions will help shape our application and influence the collective actions we can take to move us ever closer towards gender equity.”