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Professional, Technical and Operational Directorate practitioners introduction to the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter

An online dissemination event for Professional, Technical and Operational (PTO) Directorates in higher education institutions.

To support the professional, technical and operational (PTO) directorate in understanding the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter, Advance HE is hosting an online dissemination event. This webinar will be led by Ruth Gilligan, Assistant Director for Equality Charters, who will be joined by Margaret Ayers and Katie Farrell – both integral members of the Athena Swan Governance Committee. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the transformation of the UK Athena Swan Charter. The event will include: 

  • key features of the transformed Charter; 
  • information on how PTO practitioners can begin to transition to the new Charter application materials; 
  • direction on next steps, such as signing up to the revised principles; 
  • an outline of the ongoing provision of support for the PTO directorate as new and old members’ transition to the new Charter materials such a year-long fully-supported pilot programme for the PTO application process. 

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Click below to read about the key enhancements of the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter.

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Event speakers

You can read more about Katie and Margaret below.

Dr Katie Farrell

Gender Equality Officer, University of Glasgow and Chair of the Scotland Athena Swan Network

Katie coordinates and supports the implementation of the Athena Swan Charter to advance gender equity at the University of Glasgow. She is acutely aware of the opportunities and challenges Athena Swan presents for driving meaningful change across an organisation. 

Alongside her role at the University of Glasgow, Katie chairs the Athena Swan Scotland Network. She has been committed to ensuring the views and interests of member organisations across the HE and research sector in Scotland are represented throughout the Charter.

Dr Katie Farrell

Margaret Ayers

Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, Canterbury Christ Church University

Margaret Ayers is Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development at Canterbury Christ Church University where she is also the strategic lead for equality, diversity and inclusion. She is currently the Vice-Chair of Universities HR (UHR) and previously served on the Board of the Equality Challenge Unit for 6 years. She was a member of the independent review of Athena Swan and previously has been involved as an Athena Swan panellist and Chair. She began her HR career in the retail sector and has worked in senior roles at the Universities of Edinburgh and Kent and Queen Mary University of London. Margaret is  also a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and believes passionately in the value of the good work that HR/People Professionals can do to help open up opportunities to build successful and diverse staff communities in universities.


Are you part of a Professional, Technical or Operational Directorate that would be interested in Athena Swan?

Click below to book your place on this dissemination event taking place 10 August 14:00 - 15:30 BST.

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