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School of Applied Sciences secures Athena Swan Bronze Award


Scientists

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:47:00 BST

“…we are very proud that we are the first school at our University to achieve a departmental award…”

Scientists A CAMPAIGN to ensure gender equality among both staff and students at the University of Huddersfield has received a new boost.  The School of Applied Sciences has earned an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, bestowed by the Equality Challenge Unit.

The University as an institution already holds a Bronze award, achieved in 2015.  Now, Applied Sciences is the first individual school to earn the distinction, after making a highly-detailed submission to the ECU.  Other schools will follow suit by drawing up their own Athena SWAN submissions and once they are successful, this will pave the way for the University of Huddersfield to apply for a coveted Silver award.

“We are very proud that we are the first school at our University to achieve a departmental award,” said Dr Gemma Sweeney, who drafted the submission after collating detailed evidence of progress made in encouraging the recruitment, retention and career development of female members of staff and students.

Scientists The School has established a 20-strong Self-Assessment Panel that meets regularly to monitor progress towards gender equality, and implement the Action Plan, and its findings helped Dr Sweeney draw up the School of Applied Sciences submission, which can now be viewed online.

The process of working on the submission and seeking data from the departments within the school – chemistry, pharmacy and biological science – was a valuable exercise its own right and pointed to areas of gender imbalance that needed to be addressed, said Dr Sweeney.

The fact that the School of Applied Sciences can now include the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in its recruitment literature will in itself help to attract female scientists, added Dr Sweeney.

“Gender equality is very important to us and the fact that we now have the Bronze award for the School proves our commitment to it.  We have redesigned our recruitment advertising literature and prospectuses in order to make our School as attractive to females as possible.”

The Dean of the School of Applied Sciences, Professor Jane Owen-Lynch, is an active supporter of the Athena SWAN agenda.  She said: “I am thrilled that our work has been recognised with this award and am very grateful to Dr Gemma Sweeney for her tireless work in bringing this submission to fruition with the help of the School committee.  Together, we have developed a comprehensive action plan and we can now move forward to fulfil our joint ambition to benefit the careers of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and look beyond this Bronze application towards Silver.”

  • The Equality Challenge Unit – which bestows Athena SWAN awards – supports higher education institutions across the UK and colleges in Scotland to advance equality and diversity for staff and students.  Initially, Athena SWAN awards covered science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  But they have now been extended to arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law departments.
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Huddersfield tops providers of undergrad teacher training


teaching

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:42:00 BST

Primary education degree tops Good Teacher Training Guide

‌ANALYSIS by a highly-respected publication shows that the University of Huddersfield is the England's best provider of undergraduate teacher training.

The plaudit has been earned by the degree course that focusses on primary education.  The course has earned a reputation that means it recruits high quality students, many of whom go on to be employed as teachers in local schools when they graduate.  The newly-published Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 bases its findings on three criteria: the entry qualifications of the trainees; the quality of provision and the trainees’ employment destinations. The Guide also reports that ratings from the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Survey show that Huddersfield is the leading university for Initial Teaching Training in the primary sector.

teaching “This is a superb result,” said Jayne Price, who is Head of the Division of Initial Teacher Education (Schools) in the University of Huddersfield’s School of Education and Professional Development.

Jayne added that the Good Teacher Training Guide findings, based on 2013-14 data, “underline the excellence of our Primary Partnership, which includes the University tutors and the teachers in our partner schools who support the trainees during their school based training”.  They were also a tribute to the exceptionally high quality of the trainees attracted to the University of Huddersfield’s BA (Hons) Primary Education (Early Years and Key Stage 1) with QTS course.

“We aim to produce truly outstanding teachers who will make a positive impact in the classroom and this result indicates that we are succeeding,” said Jayne.

The Good Teacher Training Guide is compiled by Professor Alan Smithers and Mandy-Diana Coughlan of the Centre for Education and Employment Research (CEER) at the University of Buckingham.

The Guide is an immensely detailed analysis of the current English teacher training scene and the latest trends and developments, which are described in the new edition.  The CEER has been producing league table of teacher training providers since the late 1990s and it bases them on data from a range of official sources.

The Good Teacher Training Guide last appeared in 2013, when the University of Huddersfield achieved second place in the league table for providers of undergraduate teacher training.  Now it is No 1, with a score of 651.7, placing it well ahead of the second-placed University of Durham, on 596.2.

The new Guide also comments on the University of Huddersfield’s third place in the league table based on NQT ratings from newly-qualified teachers in the primary sector.  This table is otherwise dominated by school-centered initial teacher training programmes, known as SCITTS, with no other university-based course reaching the top ten.

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Euroscepticism and the Eurozone crisis, free public lecture 5 May


Euroscepticism and the Eurozone crisis, free public lecture 5 May

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:39:00 BST

Hosted by the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences the event will also feature the launch of Dr Chris Gifford’s latest book

Euroscepticism and the Eurozone crisis, free public lecture 5 May Euroscepticism and the Eurozone crisis, free public lecture 5 May THE Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (CAHS) is hosting a public lecture called Euroscepticism and the Eurozone Crisis as part of its 2015-16 Research Colloquia Series. 

The lecture, which is taking place on the 5 May, will be delivered by Professor of Politics, Paul Taggart (pictured right) from the University of Sussex and will be a timely opportunity to hear one of the leading figures in the UK, if not in Europe, present research on the comparative study of Euroscepticism and populism.

As we approach the date of referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, the lecture will offer an opportunity to understand the phenomenon of Euroscepticism across Europe.

It will focus on what effect the Eurozone crisis and the politics around it has had in fostering Euroscepticism in European states.  It will also explore the state of Euroscepticism among political parties in the European Union and non-European Union states, examining the ways in which the ‘European’ issue has been framed in different states.

‌The lecture will also feature the launch of the  book The UK Challenge to Europeanization: The Persistence of British Euroscepticism, published by Palgrave Macmillan and edited by Dr Chris Gifford of the University of Huddersfield and Karine Tournier-Sol of the University of Toulon

The volume brings together leading experts, including Huddersfield’s Dr Gifford and Dr Andy Mycock, to provide a timely and original contribution to the emerging field of Eurosceptic studies, and a key contribution to this important issue.

The lecture is open to the staff and students at the University as well as members of general public and there will be a drinks reception for the launch which has been kindly supported by the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences. 

  • To reserve your free place, please book here via Eventbrite.
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