Aspirational Culture event – 13th January
Thanks so much to everyone who came along and made this such an interesting morning. We are going to set up a one-day symposium to take discussions further, along with more colleagues from Northumbria. In the mean time, here is a summary of the main things to come out of today’s discussions:
1. There is a need to develop aspirational networks both for staff and students.
2. There needs to be a higher visibility given to ‘inspiring stories’, again for both staff and students.
3. The Sunderland Futures project is something students need to be encouraged to take advantage of.
4. The Athena Swan Contract, once rolled out across Humanities and Social Sciences, could provide a way of fostering an aspirational culture in academic staff.
Thanks to Donna Chambers for the photo. Dr Julie Scanlon, Northumbria University, speaking at our symposium. Much tea was consumed.