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Standards, Guidelines and Quality Assurance for Gender Equality in Academia

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Project duration: 01.09.2019 - 28.02.2023

Project lead: Dr. Nina Steinweg

Processed by: Lucas Jungbluth (until June 2021); Hannah Meyer (until September 2021); Kristin Poggenburg; Lisa Roland (until December 2022); Theresa Schumacher (until August 2022); Heike Strohmann (until December 2022)

Project description:

The StaRQ project pursues two overarching objectives. On the one hand, general and specific quality standards and guidelines for measures to promote gender equality in academia are to be developed. On the other hand, different (virtual) platforms will be created for the sustainable exchange of experts for the quality assurance of gender equality measures.

The project pursues various strategies for the development of standards and guidelines. These include web crawling of websites of scientific institutions and an online survey.

In addition, project managers, gender equality experts, commissioners and gender researchers will jointly promote the (further) development of specific standards and guidelines in joint workshops. In preparation for the joint development of standards and guidelines, qualitative expert interviews will be conducted with practitioners working in various fields.

An online portal is to facilitate the exchange and networking of gender equality actors and promote mutual learning and knowledge transfer for the quality assurance of gender equality measures. A central component will be a database in which selected good practice measures from German scientific institutions will be made accessible. The database will be supplemented by further information, e.g. a research overview and topic pages on the quality assurance of gender equality measures.

Materials / Activities

In mid-October of 2022, the Equality Lab Mentoring took place in cooperation with the group Mentoring Forum. Results on mentoring as a field of action and recommendations for action to ensure the quality of mentoring programs were presented. During the discussion in working groups, helpful suggestions for the recommendations were gained.  

At the beginning of December 2021, the second meeting of the expert council took place, which consists of gender equality officers and academics from different types of universities. The project team presented the previous results in the field of action "gender competence", which were then discussed with the experts. This provided some valuable ideas for further work on the project.

Funded by:

Funding number: 01FP1901

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