Certification and accreditation schemes for Gender Equality in Higher Education: the CASPER Project
24 June 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 CET
Speaker: Kate Clayton-Hathway, Research Fellow in Gender Equality and Diversity, Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University Business School
Abstract: In the past two decades, many Certification and Award schemes (CAs) have emerged in the higher education, research and industry sectors. The growth of CAs reflects the shift of policies and efforts from ‘fixing individuals’ into ‘fixing the system’, highlighting that gender equality is a structural, systemic challenge. Studies focused on analysing and evaluating gender equality initiatives in higher education have been scarce, and often limited to specific schemes, drawing predominantly on Athena SWAN in the UK (Caffrey et al., 2016; Ovseiko et al., 2017; Tzanakou and Pearce, 2019). The CASPER (Certification-Award Systems to Promote gender Equality in Research) study, a Horizon 2020 project, aims to contribute towards filling this gap by providing a better understanding of the CAs landscape through comparing (gender) equality schemes that target research-performing organisations in different countries such as Athena SWAN (UK), Label Diversité (France), and Total E-quality Award (Germany).
Target audience: Staff at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and organisations that work with/support HEIs
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