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									   CEGE SWAN ACTION PLAN

                        Tao Cheng
           (on behalf of Prof. Nick Tyler, HoD


Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
                University College London
               Email: tao.cheng@ucl.ac.uk
                        Students on Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Courses

         70                                                                   60.0%
         60                                                                   50.0%
         50
                                                                              40.0%
         40
                                                                              30.0%
         30
                                                                              20.0%
         20
         10                                                                   10.0%

          0                                                                   0.0%
                 2004/05       2005/06     2006/07     2007/08      2008/09
  Female            23            19          13          23           23
  Male              63            49          51          44           65
  Ratio F:M       36.5%         38.8%       25.5%       52.3%        35.4%




                    Proportion completing Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Courses
                                                                                      UK HE institutions 2006/07 full-time postgraduates
120%
                                                                                                                              Ratio
                                                                                                          Female      Male     F:M
100%                                                                                  Civil engineering      870      2395 36.30%

 80%

 60%

 40%

 20%

  0%
              2003/04         2004/05       2005/06       2006/07       2007/08
Female         100%            94%           94%           85%           70%
Male            73%            86%           90%           80%           50%
                     Students on Postgraduate Reserach (PGR) Courses
          45                                                             70.0%

          40
                                                                         60.0%
          35
                                                                         50.0%
          30

          25                                                             40.0%

          20                                                             30.0%
          15
                                                                         20.0%
          10
                                                                         10.0%
           5

           0                                                             0.0%
                 2004/05      2005/06      2006/07   2007/08   2008/09
     Female         10           18           23        21        21
     Male           33           37           41        38        33
     Ratio F:M    30.3%        48.6%        56.1%     55.3%     63.6%




UK HE institutions 2006/07 full-time postgraduates
                                        Ratio
                    Female      Male     F:M
Civil engineering      870      2395 36.30%
Objectives - Students



• L1. To attract more female postgraduate students aiming at least
  10% above UK HE average (ratio of female to male: 35.4% vs
  36.3%) and keep their successful completion rate above 80% (now
  is 70%) – actions are taking right now by DoS for all the MSc
  courses
Objectives (1) - Students

 L2. To maintain the number of female undergraduate students at
 least 20% above UK HE average (ratio of female to male: 39.5% vs
 18.%, so already above) – changed made in 2006

                                              Raito of Female to Male
                         0.5
                         0.4
                         0.3
                         0.2
                         0.1
                           0
                                   2004/05*      2005/06       2006/07     2007/08   2008/09
              Applicants                          25.9%         26.1%       29.4%     31.6%
              Offers                              32.4%         33.3%       39.4%     38.1%
              Firm Acceptances                    27.1%         42.6%       39.4%     41.3%



                                 Success Rate (firm acceptances : applicants)
                0.25
                 0.2
                0.15
                 0.1
                0.05
                   0
                        2004/05*          2005/06          2006/07       2007/08     2008/09
              Female                       15.1%            20.0%         16.3%       22.3%
              Male                        14.4%            12.2%         12.1%       17.1%
Number of male and female staff (academic and research) at each grade

               Lecturers                                       Senior Lecturers & Readers                             Professors
25                                             10                                                       14
20                                                                                                      12
                                                8
                                                                                                        10
15
                                                6                                                        8
10                                                                                                       6
                                                4
 5                                                                                                       4
                                                2
 0                                                                                                       2
     2005    2006     2007       2008           0                                                        0
                                                        2005      2006       2007       2008                 2005   2006    2007   2008




                                        Female empolyees vs UK HE institutions 2006/7 (%)
             70.0%

             60.0%

             50.0%

             40.0%

             30.0%

             20.0%

             10.0%

              0.0%
                                                                          Senior
                      Research assistant            Lecturer                                   Professor
                                                                      lecturer/reader
            CEGE 09          66.7%                  56.5%                 30.8%                  0.0%
            UK HE            26.6%                  22.7%                 16.7%                  4.5%



                                                                                    – change made in 2003
Objectives (2) - Staff
L3. To attract more applications to academic
positions from females
L4. To have more female postgraduate research
students going into academic positions at UCL or
elsewhere
L5. To support and advance women to higher
grades
L6. To maintain the supportive and friendly
atmosphere in the department
Short term actions:
• S1. Improve statistical data gathering and analysis to
  improve monitoring and decision support
• S2. Make positive actions more widely known through
  the departmental newsletter (for internal issues) and
  website (outside the department and UCL)
• S3. Organise teleconferencing facilities for departmental
  meetings and seminars
• S4. Investigate PG teaching in terms of attractiveness to
  21st century students (as we have done already for UG
  programmes)
Objective Problem identified                 Action                     Responsible       Time     Monitoring
                                                                        Person(s)         Scale
S1, L1     Proportion of completing PGT    Collect data of              Graduate Tutor    Oct 2009 Data collected and
           courses drops largely, esp. for uncompleted cases and                                   analysed
           females                         identify if extra support
                                           can been provided
S1, L1     Difference in degree attainment Investigating why the        Graduate Tutor    Oct 2010 Data collected and
           and receiving 2:1 of PGT        female ratio is higher                                  analysed

S1, L1     More application from female      Questionnaires to female Undergraduate       Oct 2009 Substantial
           UG to MSc and PhD                 UG students following     Tutor and                   improvement of
                                             similar approach that has Graduate Tutor              female applications
                                             been taken for UG                                     and offers to PGT
                                             female applications.                                  and PGR courses
S1, L1     Degree award of MSc in            Collect data and combine   Course            Oct 2010 Data collected and
           Transport by gender               with other data provided   Coordinator                analysed
                                             by UCL
S1, L2, L1 Lack of progression data of       Access data from central   Teaching          Oct 2009 Full data collected
           undergraduates by gender          system                     administrator              and analysed; Oct
                                                                                                   2010 and onwards
S1, L3     Lack of job application details  Access data collected by    Departmental      July     Full recruitment
                                            eRecruitment by UCL         Manager           2009     data available and
                                            (from July 2009).                                      analysed.
S1, L4     Lack of data about of transition Collect data on next        Graduate Tutor    Oct 2010 Success of CEGE
           from postdoc to independent      destination of postdocs     and supervisors            (female) postdocs in
           researcher                       and career progression.                                gaining independent
                                                                                                   or other significant
                                                                                                   research positions.
Objective Problem identified                     Action                      Responsible      Time       Monitoring
                                                                             Person(s)        Scale
S2,        Knowledge of what the                 Items in the departmental   All              October    Annual review
L1,L2,L6   department has done/is doing is       newsletter and website as                    2009
           not widespread                        appropriate
S3, L6     Investigation of the possibility of   Checking the cost of        IT Manager       Jan 2010   Feedback review
           teleconference                        hardware and line rental
S4, L1     Increase of female ratio and firm     Questionnaire will be       Graduate Tutor   Oct 2010 Data collected and
           acceptances of PGR                    conducted to identify the                             analysed
                                                 main issues
L1         More female applications to           Special fund support to     HoD, EngD        Oct 2010 More applications
           EngD programme                        women coming from           Director &       Onwards from females to
                                                 industrial sources – for    Graduate Tutor            EngD
                                                 career transfer
L5         Less females at staff higher          Ensure promotion            HoD & HoS        Oct 2009 Individuals
           grades                                opportunities are                                     identified for
                                                 discussed at annual                                   promotion
                                                 appraisals                                            consideration
L5         Training tailored to females          Promote personal            DEOLO            Oct 2009 Attendance on these
                                                 development courses for                               courses
                                                 women
L5, S2     Reading Group Discussion on           Web design                  Group            Oct 2009 Number of visitors
           SWAN Website                                                      Coordinator & IT          to the website
                                                                             manager
L5         Sabbatical leave for junior staff     Special fund will be        HoD              Oct 2009 Annual review
           (including females)                   provided to support
                                                 female and other junior
                                                 staff
Successful Case

Tiziana Rossetto was recruited in 2004 as part of a programme to develop a culture
change in Civil Engineering, both within the department and beyond. The recruitment
process sought applicants with new ideas and no baggage at the start of their career who
wanted the freedom to develop their research and teaching beyond the received norms
they would have had during their education. This was intended to be interesting to
women applicants and indeed out of the 10 appointments on offer, 7 of the
appointments were women. The early career mentoring programme was provided in
part by a senior woman member of staff; however this was not sufficient in Tiziana’s case
and this role was effectively picked up by the Head of Department. The mentoring
identified the need to apply for specific research funding available from EPSRC which was
aimed to find future research leaders. Support in research proposal preparation by senior
members of the department resulted in a successful application for one of the prestigious
EPSRC Challenging Engineering grants. Following the award of the grant, Tiziana was
nominated by the department for the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Prize, leading to her
selection to give the Brunel Lecture at the British Association for the Advancement of
Science Science Festival in 2008. She was promoted to Reader last October.

								
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