Key issues and action taken

Support for students and outreach activity

We have found that fewer women than men have been applying for our undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses; however, female applicants have been more likely to receive an offer, suggesting that female applicants apply with better academic qualifications than their male counterparts. An issue we have identified therefore is how we encourage more women to apply. In response to this we are implementing a number of actions, including:

  1. Producing videos and podcasts to inform and engage prospective students about what sport and health sciences is and the careers it can lead to.
  2. Monitor the visibility of female role models, ensuring that women within the department are well represented

Key transition points

We have identified that our female population starts to proportionately decline at grades E (associate research fellow/associate lecturer) and F (Lecturer/research fellow). In order to plug this leak we have:

  1. Held focus groups with various cross sections of our students and staff to identify issues and barriers to progression
  2. Developed an early careers researcher network identify common training needs - ECR network
  3. We are setting up a mentoring system to help junior staff progress with their careers
  4. We promote a range of training, such as the Springboard and research development programme 

Culture of the department

We are keen to promote a vibrant and inclusive culture within the department. As part of this we:

  1. Celebrate the successes of men and women within the department, such as publications and grant successes
  2. Hold Friday morning coffee and informal networking
  3. Organise family friendly social events
  4. Arrange sports activity including staff and students