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Celebrating gender equality and inspirational people in FEH Articles

The winner Emma Longley and runner-up Rona Dury, were announced at the recent faculty away day.

So what's it all about?

Dr Rebecca Smith, Senior Lecturer in the department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling, who was key in leading this initiative said "we're good at celebrating certain kinds of success, but often the hard-working, collegial ways of working get forgotten, so this is about finding and celebrating those unsung heroes, as well as giving each other support, and inspiration, in our careers".

Although the awards aimed to celebrate inspirational women, people were also encouraged to nominate staff of any gender for their work in promoting gender equality.  The volume of nominations grew significantly from last year's pilot and this year the ten nominations, 9 women and 1 man, were shortlisted by the panel which included Professor Liz West and Rachel Flood.

So what's next?

Equality is something Becky feels strongly about and being part of the Athena Swan network made this a valid initiative for her to pursue, although she says everyone at Greenwich was open to it and so she "didn't have to push very hard".

Along with Harpreet Bains, Becky is considering the viability of a women's network, testing it first at faculty level and expanding it across the university if that's possible, aiming to build a positive and celebratory culture, through a mixture of academic and professional services social events. So look out for more on this in the future.

Congratulations to Emma, Rona and all of the nominees and for their tips on how you can influence the things in your control and take ownership of your goals.