We value the unique differences and needs that each of our colleagues bring to work every day. Together, we will strive to build an inclusive institution that reflects society.
Gender Equality Initiatives
Athena SWAN Charter
We are a founder member of the Athena SWAN Charter and currently hold fifteen awards.
Gender Equality Group
The role of this group is to raise awareness of gender equality issues (for all staff), help develop solutions and be a key link and support to our EDI Committees across the institution.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting
We are using an evidence-based approach to understand the reasons for our gender pay gap and we are working with our staff and unions to reduce this. We are also committed to ensuring equal pay for all our employees and to conducting Equal Pay Audits on a regular basis.
Professorial Gender Pay Gap
To better understand this, we established the Professorial Gender Pay Gap Steering Group in May 2017 as part of our University strategy action plan. The first step was to gather and analyse our data in more detail before committing to further interventions. We commissioned Dr Alison Parken, a Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University and a leading expert in this field, to carry out this initial work and capture her findings in a report, including recommendations for closing the gender pay gap.
We publish a detailed report each year which statistically captures our gender pay gap, identifies the key issues affecting our population and outlines the work we have been doing, and plan to do, to close the gap.
The latest Report on our gender pay gap will be published on 19th March 2020. For the first time, and before this becomes obligatory, we are publishing our ethnicity pay gap figures. We are committed to eliminating the pay gap at our University, across both gender and ethnicity.
Women's Mentoring Network
This network is being piloted from April to November 2019 and aims to offer support to women at a career stage where they may be exploring their career options and deciding their next steps. There was a very positive response from 255 women who completed an initial expression of interest in being a mentee, with 62 women interested in being a mentor.
During February and early March, two launches of the scheme were held which were very well attended. The final stages of matching for those women who have committed to the scheme (120 mentees and 45 mentors) are now being completed.
Whilst this pilot project is for women only now, it’s anticipated that it’s adapted and expanded in the future to meet different needs and widen participation.
Female Leadership Initiative
The Female Leadership Initiative is an internally-run leadership development programme. Its aim is to support those who identify as women, to develop their sense of personal agency and impact and build strong networks to support their development and career progression.
Gender Equality Conference
The Gender Equality Conference at the University of Bristol discusses our progress on Gender Equality and is a chance for colleagues across the University to share their experiences, provide advice and share best practice.
Returning Carer's Scheme
This is a funding award available to academic staff across all faculties. You can apply for an award to help re-establish your research after you have returned from extended leave due to caring responsibilities.