Leading from the top is Vice Principal Professor Craig Mahoney who created the UWS Inspiring Women Series, now in its fifth year. The series was designed to empower staff and students to reach for new opportunities and enhance their professional pathways. Over the years, the programme has evolved with different Schools within UWS hosting talks under the ‘UWS Inspiring Women’ banner, embedding the practice throughout the university.
In addition, the university has supported wider equality initiatives, establishing equality staff groups and a female leadership programme which encourages women in academic and professional roles to think of themselves as leaders, to develop leadership skills, and to help institutions maximise their potential.
Shortlisted for the coveted ‘Rising Star Diversity Award’ is UWS early career lecturer Emma Bolger. Emma has been pivotal in redeveloping the university’s MSc in Career Guidance and Development, guaranteeing that equality and inclusion are at its core.
Emma is co-writing a new Advance HE Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum practice guide for all course leaders. She has implemented a redesign of the placement programme ensuring they are also available within diversity and inclusion organisations and has established a family-friendly timetable for those with caring commitments.
She has delivered external training in equality in career guidance alongside her timetabled teaching and she has established a regular open-access diversity seminar programme, open to internal staff and external practitioners. She has secured external advisory roles, and is part of the advisory panel for the Scottish Women’s Aid Building Employability Project.