Equality book offers recipes for change

Edinburgh staff and students feature in a diverse anthology that seeks to address gender inequality in Higher Education.

The new book – called EqualBITE – explores the reality of efforts to improve gender equality in the sector. It was launched at the Royal College of Surgeons by Professor Jane Norman, the University’s Vice-Principal People and Culture.

Its illustrated mix of stories, studies and strategies reflects people’s experiences and frustrations. More importantly, it also suggests what practical steps can be taken to address gender issues.  

Real life

Edinburgh students and staff share real-life challenges and opportunities, as well their constructive responses. 

EqualBITE also highlights continuing areas of difficulty and complexity, and promises to make its readers pause for thought.

Its editors say it is a book both for reading cover-to-cover and for dipping into, and hope that it will be enormously influential.

Action plan

The Edinburgh contributors have taken part as part of the University’s Athena Swan action plan and with support from the University’s Institute for Academic Development.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit charity in 2005 to encourage commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

Gender imbalances still exist across all areas of higher education. From salaries and promotion to representation in the curriculum, formal approaches and good intentions rarely address the full complexity.

Professor Jane NormanUniversity’s Vice-Principal People and Culture

EqualBITE is raw, honest and personal; condensing current academic research into practical actions that do make a difference. It captures the gap between aspiration and reality, and goes some way towards closing it.

Professor Judy Robertsonjoint editor EqualBITE

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