Upcoming Webinar: Best Practice in Athena SWAN UK

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) will interview David Ruebain, Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which coordinates the Athena SWAN program in the United Kingdom. David Ruebain will give practical gender equity tips from his experience managing Athena SWAN.

David-Ruebain-speakingAthena SWAN is an evaluation and accreditation program in which science and technology institutions collect and analyse data to address gender equity and diversity issues within their organisations. There are 137 Athena SWAN Charter Members in the UK who represent around 90% of the higher education sector.

David will highlight examples of best practice from Athena SWAN UK Charter Members. He will cover strategies for successful Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Teams (STEMM staff, students and other representatives who collate an institutional application for an Athena SWAN Award). David will also provide guidance on how to involve staff of all genders in the Self-Assessment Team’s work. David will then discuss issues of intersectionality in STEMM, and engaging senior leaders in gender equity and diversity change.

Date: Thursday 23 June

Time: 9-9:30 AM AEST

Watch: Live on Google+, and also live streamed on YouTube.

For those unable to watch live, the video will be available after the event on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ScienceGenderEquityOrgAu

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Guest Bio

David Ruebain took up the post of Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit in June 2010. Prior to that, he was a practising solicitor for 21 years; latterly as Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain and before that as a Partner at and founder of the department of Education, Equality and Disability Law at Levenes Solicitors.

David is a member of the Advisory Group of the Office for Fair Access, an equality adviser to the English FA Premier League, a Trustee of Action on Disability and Development, a member of the Rights and Justice Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, a Member of the Editorial Board of the Disability and Society journal and a Fellow of the British American Project.

David has published widely and taught nationally and internationally on education, disability and equality law and has been involved in numerous voluntary organisations, drafting Private Members Bills and in making oral representations to Committees of Parliament.

David will be visiting Australia as a keynote speaker at the SAGE Symposium.