Athena SWAN at the Rowett


The Rowett equality and diversity team

The Rowett Institute is fully dedicated to the Athena SWAN Charter: Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. 

The Rowett Institute has around 120 academic & professional staff and 20-30 postgraduate students engaged in research in nutrition and related areas of human health funded by the Scottish Government, UK Research Councils and charities. 

The Rowett continually assesses gender balance in all areas and plans specific actions to ensure gender balance in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women.

Resources for Early Career Researchers

Parents Network

A parents network has been established as a resource for parents of staff or students who work at the University of Aberdeen. Monthly face to face meetings take place.  Further information on the group can be found on the group’s facebook page or by emailing parents.network@abdn.ac.uk or contacting the group’s organiser Dr Clemence O’ Connor – email: clemence.oconnor@abdn.ac.uk.

Below is a link to a useful pdf with questions on aspects of employment affecting parents with answers to these questions from HR.

View the document with the Q and A with HR here >>

Visit the Facebook page >>

Resources for staff

Induction Resources

Welcome to the Rowett! You will have initiated or perhaps completed the induction process at entry to your new position or studentship at the Rowett. However, we thought it might be useful to have the information you have received available on this page so you can refer back again if something is not clear or you missed something. The resources available here have been designed in mind to support the formal induction process initiated by our Quality Assurance manager Mr Gary Cooper.

This resource will be added to and updated as presentations are available. However, do not hesitate to ask Gary Cooper or people responsible for a given section of the induction, if you have questions or want further information.

Athena Swan equality and diversity presentation >>

Quality Assurance induction presentation >>

Mentor Scheme Overview >>

Biological safety induction >>

University Staff Development

The University of a range of courses  and workshops to aid staff development. This includes leadership, management, project management, coaching and if not met by courses on offer, bespoke support to meet a particular need.

Further information can be found here >>

University Family Leave Policies and Guides

A useful guidebook detailing types of leave and entitlement for parents-to-be, parents with newborn children or staff adopting children and the support available has been produced by the University. The link can be found here >>

Top Tips for homeworking

There has been lots of advice to help us transition to and optimise working from home during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The University has put together a list of the top tips to support staff, focussing on staff well-being.

Top tips for homeworking

The University also produced guides on good Email etiquette  and teams meetings which might be useful.

email etiquette

Teams meetings

Parents Network

A parents network has been established as a resource for parents of staff or students who work at the University of Aberdeen. Monthly face to face meetings take place.  Further information on the group can be found on the group’s facebook page or by emailing parents.network@abdn.ac.uk or contacting the group’s organiser Dr Clemence O’ Connor – email: clemence.oconnor@abdn.ac.uk.

Below is a link to a useful pdf with questions on aspects of employment affecting parents with answers to these questions from HR.

View the document with the Q and A with HR here >>

Visit the Facebook page >>

 

Recruitment and avoiding unconscious bias

Staff are reminded that to be eligible to be involved in a recruitment selection process, which includes shortlisting and membership of a selection panel, staff are required to undertake a mandatory recruitment and selection course. Enrolment for this course is made via HR (HRRecruitment@abdn.ac.uk). Furthermore, all staff are required to have attended an unconscious bias seminar within the previous 24 months. We would recommend giving yourself a reminder of unconscious bias. There are number of good YouTube videos that are very useful to view before undertaking a recruitment selection process.

Recruitment Bias in Research Institutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g978T58gELo

Understanding unconscious bias  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVp9Z5k0dEE

4 steps for busting unconscious bias https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-n7el87Dmo

Framework of academic expectations and Workload Model

The Framework of Academic expectations based on the UoA template and the current workload models as agreed at the school and institute level.

 

Read the document >>

Lockdown notes from Karen Taylor - Family Support Advisor

This piece was first published in the Rowett newsletter on 27th May 2020.

 

As family support advisor for Athena Swan EDT I am still available if anyone needs any advice and I will investigate how I can help. 

 

As we enter the 10th week of lockdown some of us will be coping better than others. We all have different family responsibilities whether that is looking after children, caring for older relatives or adjusting to how to keep in touch with family we cannot see. During lockdown I have had up and down days, I have been grateful that work has kept me busy, but at the same time feel guilt-ridden as a parent of a primary aged child that I am not engaging enough in my daughter’s schoolwork. I have been guilty of comparing myself to other parents who seem to effortlessly do both and manage extra learning from other sources. However, I have come to realise that such comparisons are not useful as what works for one family will not necessarily work for another. To bring things into perspective, children are just missing one term of school and teachers are used to planning lessons for a range of learners. This was valuable advice from a schoolteacher friend to ease my anxiety. We are not a family who does Joe Wicks every day, we prefer Go Noodle and again this is no longer a daily achievement. What works for me is my daily walk, my daughter will always protest but it is worth it to have quality time together away from the laptop and she has thanked me for forcing her to do it. What I cannot recommend enough is to remember to use your annual leave, if I feel things are becoming too much this is all I need to make me feel refreshed. Despite not having anywhere to go, even just one extra day off in a week helps.

 

With the announcement of home learning continuing part-time for school children in August, this will be of concern to many parents on how to juggle this with work commitments. There is a Facebook group if you want to give your views for informal feedback to the Inclusivity Committee and for senior management.  You can find the page if you look up Parents network, University of Aberdeen.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1642268249152501. If you are not on Facebook you can get in touch with parents.network@abdn.ac.uk. I have just discovered this page it also has other interesting discussions and links around parenting. One document you might find useful is a Q & A with HR which can be found here >>

          

I am proud to work for the Rowett Institute and love to share on social media things that can help family life in lockdown, such as our Store Cupboard recipes. We also now have a range of educational resources https://sefari.scot/document/online-education-resources-table . Have I done them yet? No but that is okay……. the main thing is I know those resources are there to use when we are able as a family.

Composition of the Equality and Diversity Team

Composition of the Equality and Diversity Team

Co-leads Dr Karen Scott and Dr Perry Barrett

Jeannette Ingram (Database manager)

Dr Richard Anderson (Data Analysis)

Russell Betney (Website and Newsletter)

Maria Cascio (University Athena SWAN co-ordinator)

Dr Silvia Gratz

Prof. Alex Johnstone (Mentor co-ordinator)

Karen Taylor (Family Support Advisor)

Alasdair Leeson-Payne (social and culture convenor)

Fiona MacAskill (Human Resources)

Prof. Peter Morgan (Director)

Lynn Pirie

Dr Justin Rochford

Dr Sandy Ross

Lucy Sam (PhD Student Rep)

Olivia Watt (PhD student Rep)

Karen Hislop

Dr Antonio Gonzalez Sanchez

 

New members are always welcome.

To volunteer, or for more information contact Karen Scott or Perry Barrett

Mentoring and family support

Karen Taylor (Karen.Taylor@abdn.ac.uk) (left) is our Family Support Advisor. 

Alex Johnstone (Alex.Johnstone@abdn.ac.uk (right) is the Mentoring Advisor for the Rowett, and she can provide help and advice for anyone looking for a mentor or looking to become a mentor.

 

As part of her role as family support advisor, Karen can provide information on the family award scheme for attending conferences. This scheme recognises that many early career researchers are parents, and that attending conferences and presenting research is important for career development.

The guidlines for eligibility and and the type of costs that can be requested can be found here >>

An introduction to mentoring presentation >>

If you think you meet the criteria, please fill the application form on the last page of the document and email it directly to the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Athena SWAN Coordinator, Dr Maria Grazia Cascio at m.cascio@abdn.ac.uk

Further information