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Strathclyde Global Talent ProgrammeAbout Workforce Diversity & Inclusion

The Strathclyde Global Talent Programme encourages applications from all sections of the community, particularly those who can advance our Athena Swan activity, which inspires the representation and advancement of women in higher education. 

The University of Strathclyde is committed to achieving and promoting equality of opportunity in its learning, teaching, research and working environments, and to ensuring these environments support positive relations between people, and a culture of respect. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students and are committed to encouraging everyone to realise their full potential.

The University is a socially progressive employer and we have a number of policies and initiatives aimed at supporting women in higher education.

We have a suite of family friendly policies and procedures, including:

  • Family friendly research leave, which provides support for academic staff returning from family leave to balance return to work with demands of research;
  • Carer policy and carer support group;
  • Flexible working policies;
  • Campus nursery; and
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave policies.

The University also provides annual funding and support for female staff to participate in Advance HE’s women’s leadership development programme, Aurora. Aurora is for women, up to senior lecturer level or the professional services equivalent, working in a university, college or related organisation who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities. It is run as a unique partnership bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.  Since 2013, the University has supported nearly 100 women through the programme.

The University also participates in the following inclusive initiatives:

  • We are a member of the Athena Swan charter, and currently hold a bronze institutional award, in addition to 15 department level awards
  • We endorsed a landmark commitment to support a declaration against racism, and subsequently created a Race Equality Working Group, which is working to ensure and promote an inclusive environment for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff. The group reviews evidence to identify areas for action, with particular regard to the representation and progression of staff and students, and develop recommendations for specific actions to address race equality issues. It also coordinates consultation with students and staff on issues relevant to race equality
  • STEM Equals, a four year research and impact project focuses on creating more inclusive STEM communities for women and LGBT+ people in both academia and in industry.  The STEM equals team also recently launched the Strathclyde LGBT+ Staff and PhD Student Network
  • The University’s Student Experience directorate and the School of Education both hold LGBT Charter awards
  • Equally Safe in Higher Education – the project aims to eradicate gender based violence in higher education

If you want to talk more about inclusion and diversity at Strathclyde, please email us at globaltalent@strath.ac.uk