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Frequently Asked Questions

How is GENOVATE taken forward within the University of Bradford?

GENOVATE is taken forward using the Gender Equality Change Academy Model to ensure that there is a collaborative approach to the implementation of a Gender Equality Action Plan. The approach is both institutional and discipline / school specific to ensure that the key areas which need to be addressed are identified by the people they are affecting.

How is GENOVATE different from other gender related projects?

GENOVATE is unique in its approach because of its use of the Gender Equality Change Academy Model to implement the Gender Equality Action Plans and its creation of a Social Model of Gender Equality Implementation.

What is the Gender Equality Change Academy Model and why choose this approach?

The Gender Equality Change Academy Model brings together cross-institutional teams and gives them the time and space to think creatively to develop a major change initiative.

Why is there a need for a Social Model of Gender Equality Implementation?

UoB is currently developing an institutional action research project aimed at embedding gender equality across the whole organisation.  It seeks to implement strategies for systemic and structural reforms to further advance gender diversity within the Research and Knowledge Transfer support structures within the University.  

How is the Gender Equality Change Academy Model used in the University of Bradford?

Gender Change Academy Teams (GeCAT) have been established in some schools and are in the process of being established in other schools. The teams are made of academics within the schools from different areas within their discipline to encourage an inclusive and tailored approach.  The GeCAT teams will support the identification and implementation of the activities within their schools that will create a more gender competent environment.

What is the institutional aim of GENOVATE?

The aim of GENOVATE within the University of Bradford [UoB] is to improve three common areas which have been identified by all of the institutions involved in the GENOVATE project as areas in need of intervention, tehse are;

  • Recruitment, progression and research support
  • Working environment, work-life balance and institutional culture
  • Gender and diversity dimensions of research excellence and innovation

If GENOVATE is an institutional change project, how will this benefit me as an individual?

This project is aimed at embedding gender equality across the whole institution.  It seeks to implement strategies for systemic and structural reforms to further advance gender diversity within the Research and Knowledge Transfer support structures within the University.

There are quite a few senior female members of staff within the University of Bradford why do we need GENOVATE at all?

GENOVATE does not focus on women only.  It is a project that aims to look at the imbalances for both men and women and where possible improve them for all academics across all levels.

How is GENOVATE linked to Athena SWAN?

Athena SWAN is closely linked to GENOVATE since it aims to address the gender inequalities in STEMM subjects.   It is a nationally recognised benchmark for embedding good management practices to promote gender equality. It is implemented using an Action Plan based approach like GENOVATE and requires an ongoing commitment to the improvement of organisational processes.

How does the work undertaken within my school contribute to the overall GENOVATE project?

The GENOVATE project uses a bottom up approach to feed information generated at school level into the Institutional Gender Equality Change Academy Team and the overall project findings.

Findings generated from all of the activities that have taken place within the schools and which form part of the action plan are also fed into the consortia level work packages.

What is the Institutional Gender Equality Change Academy Team?

The Institutional Gender Equality Change Academy Team comprises of the UNIBRAD team members and of individuals representing different departments within the institution. This team contributes to the Athena SWAN work that is taking place within the institution. It also helps to identify and advises on issues that are happening across the schools.

How are student issues considered within GENOVATE?

GENOVATE’s primary goal is to address gender inequalities for staff, which will in turn have knock-on benefits for students. However, it considers 'the pipeline' issues concerning the progression of postgraduate research students into academia.

How can I get involved in GENOVATE?

Throughout the duration of the GENOVATE project there will be many activities taking place in the university. Details of how you can get involved will be promoted across campuses.