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Action plan for gender equality and equal opportunities at the Design and Engineering Faculty of NULES 2023

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Action plan for gender equality and equal opportunities at the Design and Engineering Faculty of NULES 2023
 
1.     Collaboration
The plan has been prepared by the Design and Engineering Faculty’s equal opportunities committee in which students and employees are represented.
 
 
 2. Summary of the faculty’s action plan
NULES’s Action plan for equal opportunities states that equal opportunities work must be integrated into all of the university’s operations and activities. The guidelines stipulate that:
 
NULES shall be characterised by openness, gender equality and inclusiveness. The university utilises employe ead student diversity such as backgrounds, lives, and competence.
 
The facultys equal opportunities action plan aims to implement the requirements stipulated in the NULES Action plan for equal opportunities work and adapt them to the faculty-specific needs and conditions. Therefore, this action plan is an important component for anchoring and driving the work with equal opportunities at the faculty forward. It supports structured work with proactive measures (described below under Section 3, Starting points and definitions).
 
The facultys action plan divides measures into fundamental and recurring actions that will always be in place at the faculty. It also includes measures for the current planning period (some of these may transition into recurring measures should the need arise). The action plan must be reviewed and updated each year. The review of the action plan should preferably take place in December and updates be in place by January/February of the following year.
 
– A member of staff and a support function must be to be delegated responsibility for each measure.
 
3.     Starting points and definitions
The concept of equal opportunities includes gender equality, diversity and the equal treatment of employees and students at the university. The term equal opportunities means that all employees, students and applicants have the same conditions and are treated fairly. The faculty’s action plan is based on thelatest government remits and legislation as well as NULES’s governing documents and strategic targets that include: Action plan for equal opportunities work, Action plan for gender mainstreaming and both the NULES and Design and Engineering Faculty strategies.
 
The faculty’s action plan also draws on the importance of critical thinking within academia – an area that involves questioning norms [1]. Norms can create barriers and therefore they need to be highlighted, discussed and criticised in both research and education as well as the supporting organisation. This is one way of respecting equal rights and responsibilities.
 
Active measures following the Discrimination Act
Active measures involve systematic preventive work against discrimination that addresses all of the seven grounds of discrimination. This work must be continuous, documented, and follow the four-step model below. Constitution of Ukraine defines the grounds of discrimination as follows: sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability and age. Measures and documentation are to be formulated at all faculty levelsand adapted to each organisation.
 
Within the followingareas:
Employer
Education
- Working conditions
- Admission and recruitment
- Salaries and other terms of employment
- Examinations and assessments
- Recruitment and promotion
- Study environment
- Training and other continuing
- Combining studies and parenthood
professional development
- Teaching forms andorganisation
 
4.                  Responsibility
The NULES administration have overall responsibility for the work with equal opportunities. The dean and faculty administration must ensure that equal opportunities work is conducted at their faculty. This work must include planning, implementation and follow-up in bothday-to-day activities and strategic planning. The faculty’s heads of department/equivalent are responsible for managing and integrating equal opportunities issues into their activities. They must also demonstrate the importance of this area through their words and actions. The annual follow-up and documentation must include information about how the measures have been implemented.
 
All NULES staff and students must play their part in achieving a healthy work and study environment from an equal opportunities perspective.
 
4.1.          Supportfunctions
The following functions are tasked with supporting the faculty’s organisations:
 
Faculty-wide level: The equal opportunities committee is tasked with supporting faculty management in the work with active measures.
 
The faculty office: The equal opportunities officer is tasked with supporting faculty management and the departments/equivalent in the work with active measures.
 
Division of Human Resources: The local HR officer is tasked with supporting managers and coordination groups with systematic work environment management.
 
Local level: department/equivalent coordination group for systematic work environment management, safetyand equal opportunities supports heads of department/equivalent in the work to implement active measures at the department/equivalent.
 
5.     Ongoing assignments for the faculties
NULES action plan for equal opportunities tasks faculties with the following:
 
·                     The faculties must investigate whether there is a risk of discrimination or other obstacles that prevent the students and employees benefitting from equal rights and opportunities throughout the organisation. This is documented annually.
·                     Gender distribution objectives for newly employed research and teaching staff must be set annually by the respective faculty.
·                     To the greatest extent possible, teaching timetables are to be established with consideration to students with parental responsibilities.
·                     Teaching and examination forms must be adapted to increase accessibility for students with disabilities, while maintaining quality and be based onthe intended learning outcomes.
·                     Teachers and other staff within the faculty know where to find the procedures that are to be followed if discrimination or harassmentis suspected.
·                     Inform work placement hosts and external supervisors of the Discrimination Act and the fact that it also applies to work placements.
·                     Formulate measures on the basis of the results of student welfare surveys.
 
6.     Objectives/action plan for Design and Engineering faculty 2023
6.1. Basic and recurring activities:
 
Comprehensive perspective
a) The faculty and its departments/equivalents conduct annual follow-ups (of investigations, analysis, measures) that are documented in accordance with the active measures in the Discrimination Act.
 
– Heads of department/equivalent and management groups are offered annual meetings with the equal opportunities officer to exchange information and review the department/equivalent’s work and conditions. Questions addressed include: What is already being done? What needs to be done? How do we implement active measures at a local level? How do we promote a culture/climate where staff can speak out about risks to equal opportunities they see, and how can we do this practically?
 
Management groups and local coordination groups can use the SFAD game [2].
 
– Heads of department/equivalent are offered activities for the department’s staff, as well as workshops about norms/valuesand interaction. Preferably including interactive components for discussion and joint reflection.
 
Work environment issues and equal opportunities arediscussed during staff development reviews.
 
Both the NULES and faculty equal opportunities action plans must be a natural component of everyday activities and be adapted to each organisation. Heads of department/equivalent must review this at department/equivalent level and make equal opportunities a permanent item on the agenda for local coordination groups and management groups.
 
Responsible: heads of department/equivalent
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer and HR officer
 
b) Use the staff survey, doctoral student survey and student welfare survey in the work with active measures.
 
Responsible: Dean, vice-dean equal opportunities, heads of department/equivalent Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer and HR officer
 
c) Faculty and departments/equivalent equal opportunities work based on the faculty’s action plan is followed up and evaluated, as well as compiled in a report.
 
Establish procedures for an annual compilation of activities at the faculty and departments/equivalent.
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean, Equal opportunities
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer
 
d) Ensure that the faculty’s departments/equivalent are given the support they need for work with active measures.
 
– Establish routines for annual check-ups that preferably are included in the procedures for follow-up and evaluation ofthe faculty’s action plan, see point (c) above.
 
Responsible party: Dean, head of faculty administration Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer
 
Employer perspective
e) Provide staff with information about the content of the Discrimination Act and the university’s equal opportunities work; emphasise the zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and other forms of victimisation.
 
Equal opportunities are an integrated element of introductions for new employees.
All faculty staff must take equal opportunities into consideration when they work. They must also know where to find the procedures that apply for suspected harassment or sexual harassment and information about local contacts.
Make it easier for staff to speak out about risks linked to equal opportunities that they have noted at the organisation [3].
 
Responsible party: Heads of department/equivalent
Support functions: Equal opportunities administrative officer and HR officer
 
The education provider perspective
f) Provide students with information about the content of the Discrimination Act and the university’s equal opportunities work; emphasise the zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and other forms of victimisation.
Establish a checklist to give course coordinators and teachers the information they need to distribute, such as notifying students about where to find the procedures that apply for suspected harassment or sexual harassment and information about local contacts.
– Plan and conduct lectures on equal opportunities for new students; the rights, responsibilities and duties based on the Discrimination Act and the Act’s link to norms and awareness of norms, as well as NULES procedures.
 
Responsible party: Heads of department/equivalent, programme directorsof studies
Support functions: Equal opportunities administrative officer
 
g) Offer lectures and workshops to students about norms/values and interaction with others, preferably including interactive components for discussion and joint reflection.
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean equal opportunities, programme directors ofstudies Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer
 
6.2. Measures for the current planning period
Comprehensive perspective
h) Local coordination groups implement, as far as possible, the university-wide systematic work environment management training and active measures based on the Discrimination Act [4].
 
Responsible party: Heads ofdepartment/equivalent
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer and HR officer
 
i) Begin the work to establish focus group models for students, doctoral students and staff.
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean, Equal opportunities
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer together with other university-wide support functions
 
j) Equal opportunities are an integrated element of the introduction of new doctoral students; establishing the conditions for how to carry out this work during the current planning period.
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean, R&D, vice-dean equal opportunities
 
k) Follow up the results of the doctoral student survey,
 
Work together with the doctoral student ombudsman and PhD student council to arrange a workshop for doctoral students.
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean, Equal opportunities
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer
 
l) Increase collaboration with the Design and Engineering Faculty PhD student council and doctoral student ombudsman on matters of equal opportunities.
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean, Equal opportunities
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer
 
m) Initiate creation of a compulsory equal opportunities online training course (using Canvas) for the faculty’s heads of department, course coordinators and supervisors, similar to the one offered by SF aculty.
 
Responsible party: Dean, vice-dean Equal opportunities
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer together with university-wide support functions.
 
n) Improve the equal opportunities front page on the faculty website to make it easier for staff to find all information about gendere quality and equal opportunities at the faculty.
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean, Equal opportunities
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer, supported by the Division of Communication
 
Employer perspective
 
o) Continue to ensure that recruitment and skills provision is objective and that there is a continual awareness of discrimination and bias throughout the recruitment process.
 
Conduct a review of recruitment procedures for higher academic positions by listing procedures and work methods from an equal opportunities perspective.
 
Establish a checklist for how the quality of the preparatory process can be assured from an equal opportunities perspective.
 
Responsible party: Dean, head of faculty administration
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer, faculty administrative officer, HR officer
 
 
The education provider perspective
 
p) Increase collaboration for equal opportunities work with the Stakeholders
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean, equal opportunities
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer
 
q) Continuing professional development opportunity focusing on equal opportunities, adapted based on needs,for first-cycle and second-cycle level teaching staff. This opportunity will be available each semester and is a collaboration with the Unit for Educational Development.
 
Responsible party: Vice-dean, equal opportunities
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer, Unit for Educational Development
 
r) Explore the possibility for introducing a forum similar to the ethics workshop for students, which allows for regular reflection on matters of equal opportunities taking students as a starting point for matters of equal opportunities.
Responsible party: Vice-dean equal opportunities, Vice-dean first and second cycle education
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer
 
6.3. Gender mainstreaming
s) Work actively with gender mainstreaming at faculty and department level, in line with NULES’s gender mainstreaming action plan.
 
Responsible party: Dean, heads of department/equivalent
Support function: Equal opportunities administrative officer together with coordination group Unit for Educational Development, Division of Planning, and Division of Human Resources
 
t) Examine in what way the faculty’s researchers require support for integrating a gender perspective into their research, if and when relevant [5].
Work to create the support begins with:
 
Increase collaboration with the Grants Office for external research funding and gender perspectives in project applications.
Begin with mapping ongoing research at the faculty that integrates a gender perspective.
 
Responsible party: Dean, vice-dean equal opportunities
Support functions: Equal opportunities administrative officer, GrantsOffice

 



 
 
  
1 Norms are often described as the un written social rules we adhere to that both shape us as individuals and influence the way we behave around others. Norms facilitate social interaction, but they can also create barriers.
The preparatory work for the changes to the Discrimination Act, 1 January 2017 outlines that work with active measures involves increasing awareness of the norms and attitudes that influence employers and education providers’ every day work as well as acting in a way that promotes equal rights and opportunities.
 
2 SFAD, systematic preventive work with discrimination, or the equal opportunities game are methods for investigating risks and obstacles. Contact the equal opportunities administrative officer or local HR officer to use the game.
 
3 Harassment and victimisation may be difficult to notice as a result of under-reporting (those exposed don’t submit a complaint) and normalisation (if certain type of “banter” becomes standard.
 
4 The training will be available during 2023.
 
5 It is becoming more common for research financier store quire that agender perspective is included in the applications and, where relevant, the research being funded. For the faculty, it is not just a matter of meeting the requirements set by many research funding bodies, it is also a matter of quality. Research that impacts humans often involves an element of gender which risks being overlooked if the gender perspective is not included.

 

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