Our key developments to date

  • Establishment of RGU Women’s Network in January 2015.
  • Publication of Celebrating Women at RGU series by the Women’s Network and Gender Equality Champion – one publication focusing on women in STEMM, one on women in AHSSBL and a third on women who have undertaken Aurora training. A fourth publication is in production focusing on women in the support and administration departments.
  • Commendation of Celebrating Women at RGU publications by the Scottish Parliament
  • Exhibition of Celebrating Women at RGU posters to coincide with International Women’s Day 2017. The exhibition was opened by Professor Alice Brown, chair of the Scottish Funding Council, who delivered a keynote speech at a special event for staff and students, hosted by the Principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski. 
  • Over 40 women have undertaken the women-only leadership development programme, Aurora, offered by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Many others have been involved in the programme as mentors and role models.
  • Robert Gordon University is one of only four institutional case studies highlighted by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education because of its continuing work with Aurora, the focus on Aurora participants in one of the Celebrating Women series and the commendation by the Scottish Parliament.Aurora Institutional Case Studies
  • Ongoing work on tackling gender-based violence, including involvement in piloting Bystander and First Responder training with Strathclyde University’s Equally Safe in Higher Education project.
  • Working with Aberdeen Women’s Alliance to plan International Women’s Day 2018 themed around the centenary of the achievement of the vote for women.
  • Conversations have taken place across the institution, including at Board level, to engage staff at all levels with the process and to encourage staff to share their experiences
  • The Principal has asked the team to provide a view of the ongoing resources required to support effective engagement with Athena SWAN.


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