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Uduak Archibong attended the international conference Structural Change for Gender Equality in Research and Innovation: Contextual Factors, which took place on 19 May 2017 in Prague.

This is abstract of Mrs. Achibong's paper:

Delivering the Highest Standards of Research Excellence: GENOVATE Principles of Gender Competent Assessment

Uduak Archibong, Professor of Diversity, University of Bradford and Nazira Karodia, Professor of Science Education, University of Wolverhampton

The promotion of gender equality in research and innovation is a vital part of the GENOVATE project, which is an action-research project aimed at transforming organisational culture for the advancement of gender equality in research and innovation. The full participation of women and men in all aspects of research endeavour is key to positive career progression in academia. It is essential to ensure equal opportunities for women and men in access to promotion, research funding and decision-making positions in higher education institutions (HEIs).

Achieving meaningful and sustainable impact in the area of research excellence assessment will only be supported by transforming the culture and values of universities into more gender-aware and gender-competent environments and in increasing the number of women involved in setting the agenda and making decisions within the research enterprise as a whole.  The GENOVATE project has developed a set of guiding principles which can be tailored to the specific context of any research institution to promote the integration of gender equality and diversity competence in assessing research excellence.

The principles can be applied to HEIs, research bodies and funding institutions to ensure, in particular, that the achievements of women and men researchers are assessed on the same basis. These principles will help encourage a more systematic way of thinking about assessment of research excellence standards and emphasise the need to strengthen research excellence policies in the context of gender equality with the key objective of developing institutional codes of practice for assessing research excellence. The Guiding Principles are underpinned by themes of transparency, consistency, accountability and inclusivity.

The five stages in the development process of the principles [including undertaking gender equality impact assessment] will form a key part of the workshop. In addition, the presentation will explore the concept of meritocracy as a means of achieving academic excellence and the processes involved in using these Guiding Principles on gender and diversity competent research excellence standards through a case study of the University of Bradford.

Uduak Archibong PhD is Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, UK, where she directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality and diversity across the institution. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa, Visiting Professor at the Central University College in Ghana, Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Her research, teaching and knowledge transfer activities broadly cover the areas of workforce diversity, diversity competent leadership development, family-centred health care and cross-cultural negotiation of community / family access to, and engagement in health and social services. Her research interests have been influenced by many years experience of working closely with leaders and senior managers within the healthcare and higher education arenas both in the UK and internationally.

Leading a global team of researchers, Professor Archibong utilises mixed methodologies to undertake numerous large-scale research projects on representational diversity and inclusive workplaces including a recently completed European Commission funded collaborative research study on Positive Action Measures in the European Union, Canada, United States and South Africa (PAMECUS). Professor Archibong has published extensively on inclusion and diversity; she is lead author of the article which won the IJD International Award for Excellence in the area of diversity in organisations, communities and nations in 2009.