White Rose Gender Equality College

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What is it?
The college was co-founded by Claire Pickerden, Mel Knight and Patricia Cowell in consultation with college members. The college is made up of members from all three universities with a variety of backgrounds and profiles. The purpose of the college is to highlight gender equality challenges across the world and provide academic teams with access to both expertise and tools to empower positive change within their own research areas. The college will form a strong peer group, sharing good practice with each other and the wider international development research community.

Anyone working in the Official Development Assistance (ODA) space will be able to request a meeting with a college member to explore what role they could play within their research project. The intention is to integrate and embed expertise during the whole project life cycle to ensure our research does recognise UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 – gender equality and broader equity issues.

Why is it needed?
All Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) UKRI and Newton applicants are required to provide evidence that they have considered gender equality within their proposals. This college is not only for those working on social/community projects but for all researchers working across all disciplines from engineering to the humanities, from health to the physical and social sciences. It is our responsibility to meet the International Gender Equality Act 2014.

“…the desirability of providing development assistance that is likely to contribute to reducing poverty in a way which is likely to contribute to reducing inequality between persons of different gender”.

Who is in it?
The college is made up of members from all three universities with a variety of backgrounds and profiles. [see profiles].

How can I engage with college members?
As soon as you have an idea for a research project, you are welcome to contact us and we can support your choice of who to engage with from the college. This will be based on people’s availability, geographical focus of research and project objectives amongst other criteria.You will then be asked to adhere to our terms of reference to ensure everyone gets the best from the college set up. Please note this is in the 12 month pilot phase.

How can I become a member?
Please contact Mel Knight m.knight@sheffield.ac.uk or Claire Pickerden c.pickerden@whiterose.ac.uk for further information.

Top three reasons to engage:

  • No research group wants to intentionally or unintentionally undermine gender equality efforts, therefore this support mechanism provides input and advice from those familiar with gender equality issues.
  • The funders of ODA research have to ensure their investments consider gender equality and therefore they request evidence during the application stage that this is being done as well as during project reporting phases.
  • Three collective minds are better than one, and expertise can be found across all three White Rose Universities giving opportunity for collaboration and wider learning.

Key contacts
Mel Knight, m.knight@sheffield.ac.uk
Claire Pickerden, c.pickerden@whiterose.ac.uk
If you are based at Leeds or York, you can also contact:
Alison Lundbeck, A.Lundbeck@leeds.ac.uk
Ingrid Kvangraven, ingrid.kvangraven@york.ac.uk

There are two key documents for you to consider if you wish to engage with the White Rose Gender College:
Terms of Reference which sets out the commitment and guidance required from both PIs and members
Operational Framework to cover the operational functions of the College


We are compiling a library of resources sent by, and created by, our members.

Prof Irene D’Amico, was Vice Chair of the COST Action Nanoscale Quantum Optics, focusing on quantum science & technology, nanoscale optics & photonics, and materials science.  As we know, there is a lack of women in the physical sciences and in the UK, just 17 per cent of physics lecturers are women. Recognising this, the COST Action set out to redress the imbalance, including monitoring gender-related participation in the Action and gathering data from COST members’ institutions. Irene has kindly shared the link to the material developed by the COST Action, here, which contains some of the talks, articles, surveys, and various analyses, including elaborating a set of principles that define a woman-friendly environment.

Also, if you haven’t tried it before, it’s worth having a go at Harvard’s Implicit Bias test, https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html

Dr Mel Knight has created an update on the current situation, providing some helpful information with her GCRF Update, Response to Covid 19

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