Athena SWAN awards ceremony June 2015: a review in pictures #asawards

On Monday 15th June I set off with my colleague Dr Clare Taylor for a day trip to London to participate at the Athena SWAN awards ceremony for all who made successful Athena SWAN award submissions in November 2014. It was a long day: I was up before 4:00am to be sure to catch the tram to the airport in time for the 07:20am flight to London City Airport.

Flight BE1329 to London City airport

Flight BE1329 to London City airport

Our final destination was the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

Old Royal Naval College by Clare Taylor

Old Royal Naval College by Clare Taylor

The building in which the ceremony took place looked less spooky in real life than Clare’s photograph above might suggest.

Old Royal Naval College - the not-so-spooky version

Old Royal Naval College – the not-so-spooky version

Indeed, all the college buildings are beautiful.

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College

It was easy to find the precise location of the ceremony due to the strategic placement of Equality Challenge Unit banners.

Equality Challenge Unit banner

Equality Challenge Unit banner

Inside the stage was set.

Athena SWAN awards ceremony stage

Athena SWAN awards ceremony stage

The hall was packed.

Participants at the Athena SWAN awards ceremony

Participants at the Athena SWAN awards ceremony

The schedule for the day was given in a booklet. I was thrilled to find that the design drew on the work of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell because (co-incidentally) I would be referring to Bell Burnell’s work in my own presentation at the event later in the day.

Athena SWAN awards ceremony booklet

Athena SWAN awards ceremony booklet

Edinburgh Napier University’s bronze institutional award was listed in the booklet.

Edinburgh Napier University's institutional bronze Athena SWAN award listing

Edinburgh Napier University’s institutional bronze Athena SWAN award listing

The speakers for the day were also profiled in the booklet. In the morning we heard from:  our host Professor Judith Burnett, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich; David Ruebain, Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit; and Professor Dame Julie Higgins, Athena SWAN Patron. There were two invited speakers in the afternoon, each of whom was from a university that had won an Athena SWAN award in this round. I was delighted to be approached to speak at the event. In the booklet my profile appeared next to that of Professor Linda King of Oxford Brookes University, the other invited speaker.

Hazel Hall's speaker profile in the awards booklet

Hazel Hall’s speaker profile in the awards booklet

The Edinburgh Napier University representatives were called up to the stage in the morning.

Edinburgh Napier's award is announced

Edinburgh Napier’s award is announced

Professor Dame Julie Higgins presented the Edinburgh Napier bronze institutional award to us.

Professor Dame Julie Higgins presents the Edinburgh Napier award

Professor Dame Julie Higgins presents the Edinburgh Napier award

We were given a certificate and a trophy to take back home to Edinburgh.

Athena SWAN bronze award certificate and trophy

Athena SWAN bronze award certificate and trophy

Everyone enjoyed a lovely lunch.

Salads for lunch

Salads for lunch

Pudding

Pudding

During the lunch break I had a wander around the building.

Old Royal Naval Collge crypt 1

Old Royal Naval Collge crypt 1

Old Royal Naval Collge crypt 2

Old Royal Naval Collge crypt 2

I also popped outside to take a photograph of our awards in situ to insert into my presentation as an ‘extra’ surprise after lunch. (With special thanks to Professor David Brown of the University of Kent. David helped with the rather awkward engineering of this shot.)

Displaying the Edinburgh Napier award at Greenwich

Displaying the Edinburgh Napier award at Greenwich

I took the stage at 2pm.

Presentation of the Edinburgh Napier Athena SWAN photo album

Presentation of the Edinburgh Napier Athena SWAN photo album

My slides can be found on SlideShare and below.

Much of my presentation was about the engagement activities that the Edinburgh Napier University Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team undertook last year, including the use of a University-wide screen saver in October 2014.

Explaining how the Edinburgh Napier SAT engaged University staff in its work in the lead up to the bronze award submission

Explaining how the Edinburgh Napier SAT engaged University staff in its work in the lead up to the bronze award submission

After the second university presentation the remaining award winners collected their certificates and trophies to take home to their respective Athena SWAN Self Assessment Teams.

All in all it was a great (if long) day out, and a fitting way to celebrate our Athena SWAN bronze award with all the other universities that made successful submissions in November 2014.

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