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Join our BAME Staff Network’s UNITE Week: 24-28 May 2021

From 24 to 28 May 2021, the BAME Staff Network is organising and taking part in a series of events to mark the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2020. This hurtful and traumatising event has been a catalyst for many to acknowledge the presence of structural racism in our communities and universities. And the BAME Staff Network continues to voice our concerns about racial discrimination and disparity within our institution. However, the racial reckoning is far from being accomplished.

The BAME Staff Network is playing an active role in driving cultural change for inclusion of BAME staff across all spheres of the university.

Join the events and let us make an impact together.

Burnley: Older mascots to walk out with players for FA Cup game against Lincoln

Burnley have replaced their child mascots with pensioners for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round match against Lincoln City at Turf Moor.

The mascots are aged from 69 to 85 and Burnley say the gesture is to repay their “lifetime support”.

It is thought to be the first time an English club has had older mascots.

Last year Swedish club AIK paid tribute to their older fans by walking out with 12 supporters – all aged between 81 and 96 – before a league game.

“We wanted to make the gesture to give back to the lifetime of support they have given to the club” said Neil Hart, Burnley’s community chief executive officer.  More

Gender Equality for a Sustainable Economy: Free public panel debate at University of Greenwich

Experts from the worlds of politics and academia will discuss how gender politics and equality can lead to a sustainable economy, at the University of Greenwich next month.

The free event takes place on International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March. The day also marks the launch of a new book, Economics and Austerity in Europe: Gendered impacts and sustainable alternatives.   More

Highly paid part-time roles on the up as employers embrace job shares

More than 770,000 high earners now work part-time, according to a report that shows how employers are becoming more open to using job shares in senior roles.

The number of part-time staff on salaries over £40,000 has increased by 5.7% in the past year, said flexible-working group Timewise.

A survey of 200 managers showed that two out of five would consider hiring candidates for a senior role as part of a job-share.  More

Aurora Launch Event

On Friday 27 January 2017 we held our Aurora Launch event for this year’s participants in the Aurora Leadership programme.  The event was well attended by participants, mentors and alumni and guest speakers.

The event was opened by Anna Radley welcoming everyone and explaining all about the programme and what to expect and how to get the best out of the experience.

Anna Radley

Abigail Rickard

Abigail Rickard and Irene Barranco, two of our Aurora alumni then spoke about their experiences of taking part and how it has affected them since.


Irene Barranco

After a break for tea, cake and a chat, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Javier Bonet spoke giving his personal thoughts on leadership.  He was followed by our HR Director, Frances Hewison, who talked about her life in HE at the Aurora Launch and the transformative nature of education.

Javier Bonet

Frances Hewison

Everybody enjoyed the event and are looking forward to starting the programme very soon.  Good luck and our best wishes goes to all those taking part this year, and our thanks also goes to those who are acting as mentors for them.

Real-life ‘James Bond Q’ is a woman, MI6 reveals

The real-life equivalent of Q in the James Bond films is a woman, the head of MI6 has said.

Alex Younger, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, made the revelation as he encouraged more women to join the service.

He said there is a stereotype that MI6 spies were posh and he wanted recruits from diverse backgrounds.

The character of Q, a technology expert, has always been played by a man in the Bond films.

Speaking at the Women in IT awards on Wednesday, Mr Younger said: “The real-life Q is looking forward to meeting you and I’m pleased to report that the real-life Q is a woman.”  More

Parents short-changing girls on pocket money, survey shows

Boys receive £2.20 more pocket money a week than girls, a survey has found, suggesting the gender pay gap starts early and in the home.

Boys aged five to 16 get on average £10.70 a week made up from pocket money, a paid job or paid chores. Girls are on £8.50 a week, data suggests.

The survey of 2,000 UK children by researchers Childwise also found boys were given more financial independence.

Parents were teaching girls and boys differently about money, it found.

The majority of children receive some sort of regular weekly payment, typically pocket money from their parents, data suggested. Only one in five had a paid job.  More