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Athena Swan - Mentoring female talent

UEL students

A new mentoring scheme has been launched at UEL to support female academics. Dr Mary Linnington and Clare Matysova of UEL’s Athena Swan team hosted the launch on 26 June at University Square Stratford campus.

Speaking at the start of the event was Vice-Chancellor Professor John Joughin, who told an audience of around 20 staff, “I am pleased that the work on the Athena SWAN charter is starting to show a real impact here at UEL. I am particularly delighted to see the interest from staff in the mentoring scheme and to attend the formal launch today.”

After group introductions, Clare Matysova shared information about the mentoring scheme and UEL Athena SWAN’s plan for the coming year.  A new handbook will be produced, development events and a celebration for International Women’s Day. Mentors then met their mentees over lunch, and shared ideas.

The scheme takes into account UEL’s staff demographic and has taken on board the results of responses to the 2015 Athena SWAN survey. It’s hoped the scheme will be developed further when evaluation of the pilot has taken place, in 2016.

Speaking about the launch, Clare said, “We’re pleased with the response - 18 mentee applications and 14 mentor applications. We’ve matched most mentees but have a few outstanding, so we’re looking for further mentors, including Readers and Professors. In terms of time commitment, we’re recommending that mentors and mentees meet at least three times during the academic year. Further information can be found on the Athena SWAN webpages.”

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.