Equality and Diversity

EqualBITE

EqualBITE – A Recipe Book for Gender Equality in Higher Education

EqualBITE is a ‘recipe book’ which aims to share practical and effective strategies for creating more gender balanced working environments in higher education. The recipes will be written by University of Edinburgh staff and students, drawing from their real life experiences.

EqualBITE campaign
EqualBITE campaign

The methodology for the project is based on the successful book ‘BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research’ edited by Alison Williams, Derek Jones and Judy Robertson. Gender equality, like remarkable research, is not straightforward to achieve. There isn’t a quick or easy fix. Legislation around gender equality has had an impact and many organisations have excellent internal policies. However, the implementation of policies and initiatives can vary and are influenced by the culture and environment of the workplace.

BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research

The recipe format developed in the BITE project gives people space to reflect, sometimes humorously, sometimes critically, on how things actually are. Recipes are quick to write and provide people with an opportunity to share practical advice. The recipe metaphor also implies adaptability: ‘here is what worked with these ingredients in this place, but change and tweak to taste’. In large complex organisations like universities, the culture and environment can vary considerably across different departments: being able to adapt effective strategies is likely to enhance their impact.

The book to be produced is not a glossy politically correct version of Edinburgh’s successes in gender equality. Instead it is intended to be a frank exploration of the messy reality. We expect the recipes to highlight some excellent practice but also to show the complexity of enhancing gender equality and to uncover the frustrations people face. The overall tone will be positive and constructive with, we anticipate, real insights to share within the University but also across the higher education sector and beyond.

Who is involved?

The project is being run by Prof Judy Robertson, School of Education; Lara Isbel, Institute for Academic Development, Silje Graffer, Institute for Academic Development and Alison Williams, an external consultant.

The core team work closely with the project steering group:

  • Prof Jane Norman, Vice Principal, People and Culture
  • Dr Jon Turner, Director, Institute for Academic Development
  • Prof Simon Clark, Head of School of Economics
  • Dr Caroline Wallace, Senior HR Partner, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Project Outline:

Equal Bite Writing Workshops

Co-creating a recipe book for university communities worldwide to share stories to inform, entertain & inspire to achieve gender equality

We had a planning meeting and three writing workshops in 2015 and three in 2016 were agreed. Folliowing the January 2016 workshop, here are details of two being held in February :

 

Writing Workshop 5 - Tues 9 February 2016

  • 9.30 -11.30 (coffee available from 9.15)
  • Meeting Room, Institute for Academic Development (new building on Holyrood Road, near Moray House campus)
  • Book a place: http://edin.ac/1MtJiBI

 

Writing workshop 6 -  Innovative Learning Week – Tues 16 February 2016

 

The content generated from the programme of events will be edited and published as an open access book of recipes, case studies and articles towards the summer of 2017.

To find out more about the project, please visit our website: http://www.equal-bite.hss.ed.ac.uk/. You can also contact the EqualBITE team at equal.bite@ed.ac.uk or 0131 651 7143.