gender equality

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Gender equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men. It implies that the interests, needs and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, and is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and the needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. Gender equality is not a women’s issue but should also concern and fully engage men

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The University of Lincoln received the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in 2014

Head and founding director

Prof Belinda Colston

Head and founding director

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Belinda is Founding Director of the Eleanor Glanville Centre and Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Cultural Heritage at the University of Lincoln (UK). She has been the strategic lead for gender equality at the University since 2012, assessing best practice, and developing a range of sector-leading initiatives for the support and sustained career development of female academics in STEMM disciplines. She specialises in the development and evaluation of EDI strategies and interventions, and their impact across the sector.

Belinda is an established research leader, PhD programme director, facilitator of large multi-centre and multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects, and an experienced team builder, combining science and social sciences research, and taking high level scientific research into the community through the heritage sector. Academic profile

Project Manager

Dr Nicole Fielding

Project Manager

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Nicole is responsible for managing many of the equality initiatives run through the Centre. With a PhD in heritage science, Nicole was a co-founder of the Newton Academy – the Science Club for Girls, and is a keen advocate of promoting early science engagement through hands-on activities that are both challenging and fun. Staff profile