To support research institute Athena Swan leads 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 Carole Thomas, who is an integral member 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 practitioners can begin to transition to the new Charter application materials;
- direction on next steps, such as signing up to the new principles;
- an outline of the ongoing provision of support for the sector as new and old members’ transition to the new Charter materials.
You can read more about Dr Carole Thomas below.
Dr Carole Thomas
Head of Directorate, John Innes Centre
For the past 12 years Carole has been Head of Directorate at the John Innes Centre (JIC) – a role that involves daily interaction with senior management to provide advice and to ensure smooth running of JIC. Over the past eight years she has reinvigorated Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) activity at JIC and Chairs JIC’s Inclusivity and Diversity Committee, a committee that oversees Athena Swan and Technician Commitment activities in addition to EDI more broadly. She is also a member of the UKRI Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme Board.
Carole is passionate about inclusion and diversity and believes that a holistic, inclusive and supportive research culture is critical for an organisation’s success. Her experience of leading JIC’s Athena Swan Silver and Gold awards and her understanding of Research Institutes has helped inform the Athena Swan Charter transformation process and ensure the differences between HEIs and research institutes are considered.