Athena SWAN in IHW

Staff consultation

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Chairs

Jack Melson and Karen Wetherall

Aim

The Athena SWAN staff consultation working group has been set up to conduct an annual in-depth exploration (through qualitative methods, e.g. individual interviews, focus groups) of IHW staff’s views and experiences of working and promotion practices across the institute. Each consultation is designed to reflect issues emerging from previous consultations and other Athena SWAN groups (e.g. staff survey working group), to identify similarities and differences between gender and research groupings, and to make recommendations about working, promotion and management practices to the IHW Athena SWAN SAT.

Activity/achievements

In 2019/20, the staff consultation working group explored staff experiences of the performance and development review (P&DR) process, and career development within the institute. Key findings were reported on in the October 2020 edition of IHW's monthly newsletter, and the full report and recommendations can also be accessed.

In 2018/19 the staff consultation working group interviewed staff from across the institute about their experiences of stress within IHW. The findings found that overall people found IHW a relatively stress-free workplace, although key contributors of stress included workload, overtime and academic job precarity and insecurity.

In 2016/17 the staff consultation working group talked to staff about their experiences of the maternity/paternity buddy scheme and the for policy emergency time off for carers’. The report found there was a lack of an awareness of these policies, and subsequently this was better to promoted within the institute.

In 2014/15 the staff consultation working group has focussed on the impact of current and previous family commitments among staff on career decisions and aspirations (including attitudes to seeking/not seeking promotion) and the views and experiences of IHW culture and practice (including flexible working and core hours policy) with respect to equal opportunities for career progression.

Comments on these and any other Athena SWAN-related issues would be very welcome. Please get in touch with the Athena SWAN staff consultation working group chair.