GCU Advancing Gender Equality Group

The GCU Advancing Gender Equality Group was established in 2013 (then known as the GCU Women in STEMM Group) to recognise, support and share good practice, and to develop our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) at GCU. Chaired by Professor Valerie Webster, the Group forms the self-assessment team that has led the development of the University’s Athena SWAN submission. The Group meets monthly and is a sub-group of the Equality and Diversity Committee and progress is reported to that Committee and to the Executive Board.

The Advancing Gender Equality Group has the remit to:

  • Support the University in achieving Athena SWAN Bronze by developing the application
  • Review all relevant GCU policies and procedures in relation to equality
  • Facilitate activity required to inform future work e.g. focus groups/surveys, policy and or practice, reviews
  • Develop an Action Plan, facilitate actions and monitor progress
  • Review statistical data and identify any areas of success and any of concern
  • Act as Champions for gender equality in STEMM subject areas
  • Support any future Athena SWAN applications from GCU STEMM departments
Name Role Department/School
Prof Valerie Webster (Chair)  Vice-Principal & PVC, Learning & Student Experience  Learning & Student Experience 
Dr Keith Baker  Early Career Researcher  Sustainable Environments & Communities, SCEBE 
Dr Tuleen Boutaleb  Senior Lecturer  Network and Security, SCEBE 
Ms Alison Campbell  Deputy Director  Directorate of People Services 
Dr Andrew Crossan  Lecturer/Early Career Researcher Software Engineering, SCEBE 
Mr David Farrell  Lecturer Digital Design Technologies, SCEBE 
Prof Liz Gilchrist  Professor  Psychology, SHLS 
Prof Ann Graham  Professor  Biological and Biomedical, SHLS 
Mr Bill Hay  Lecturer  Building & Energy Technology, SCEBE 
Ms Karin Helweg Researcher  Civil Engineering & Environmental Tech, SCEBE 
Mr Adrian Lui Equality and Diversity Advisor  Directorate of People Services 
Prof John Marshall Director Academic Research, Development and REF 
Ms June McCrae Lecturer  Computing, SCEBE 
Dr Gordon Morrison Lecturer  Electrical & Electronic Engineering, SCEBE 
Dr Azam Nekahi Lecturer  Electrical & Electronic Engineering, SCEBE 
Prof Caroline Parker Professor Digital Design Technologies, SCEBE 
Prof Anita Simmers Professor Vision Science, SHLS 
Dr Bonnie Steves Director Graduate School 
Prof Frederike van Wijck  Professor Physiotherapy, SHLS 

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