GCU pledges commitment to gender equality

08 March 2017

Alumni of the Aurora leadership development programme dressed in red to mark the day

Alumni of the Aurora leadership development programme dressed in red to mark the day

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has marked International Women’s Day by reaffirming its commitment to promoting gender equality.

A signatory of the Athena SWAN Charter, established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women, the University achieved the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award last year.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005, with a particular focus on the careers of women in higher education and research in the areas of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. The University has now signed up to a newly expanded charter which recognises work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, as well as work to support trans staff and students.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies has formally pledged the University’s commitment to achieving the new aims: focusing on the advancement of gender equality in academia; addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines, professional and support functions; and removing the obstacles faced by women in particular at major points of career development.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Professor Valerie Webster, Executive lead for GCU’s work with Athena SWAN, said: “At GCU, we are genuinely committed to tackling inequalities wherever they occur and are delighted to sign up to the newly expanded charter, which recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly; not just barriers to progression that affect women.”

GCU also marked International Women’s Day by bringing together staff from the University who have been supported to take part in Aurora, the Leadership Foundation’s women-only leadership development programme. Aurora alumni chose to wear red clothing; a bold colour that has become associated with the annual celebration of women.