EqualBITE Writing Workshops

EqualBITE Writing Workshops

As mentioned in our first blog post, we are co-creating a recipe book for university communities worldwide to share stories to inform, entertain & inspire to achieve gender equality. We’ve already had two that went really well, and here’s information about the next ones taking place so that you can join in! It’s free and anyone at The University of Edinburgh (staff, head of departments, cleaners, caterers, project managers, secretaries, students, teaching fellows, post-grads, part-timers, undergraduate students etc) can join! And it includes free coffee! You sign-up to the meet-up through your MyED login – just click on the links and it takes you there automatically!

In these workshops you will be taught how to write about gender equality in the ‘recipe’ format that the BITE book series revolve around. Have a look at ‘BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research’ to get an idea of what we’re looking for.

Writing Workshop 3 – Thurs 3 December 2015

  • 9.30 -11.30 (coffee available from 9.15)
  • Room 4319A James Clerk Maxwell Building, King’s Buildings
  • Book a place: http://edin.ac/1MtJ8dE

Writing Workshop 4 – Tues 19 January 2016

  • 9.30 -11.30 (coffee available from 9.15)
  • Ground Floor Seminar Room, Roslin Institute
  • Book a place: http://edin.ac/1ExGjS6

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

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 end of 2016. This will be the BITE book of Gender equality recipes.

Excited to see you there!

Welcome to the EqualBITE Blog!

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.

The methodology for the project is based on the successful book ‘BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research’ edited by Judy Robertson, Alison Williams and Derek Jones. 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.

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‘BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research’ Edited by Alison Williams, Derek Jones and Judy Robertson.

See the PDF of the book here

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.

To find out more about the project, have a look at our page on The University of Edinburgh’s Equality and Diversity page. Also, please sign up to our mailing list here to be kept in touch about the project or email equal.bite@ed.ac.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter and Pinterest.

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