Companies signed up to the STEM Charter include:
Dr Terry McIvor, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy for International Science and Research (AISR) has recently signed up to the commitments of the STEM Charter for Business. The Equality Commission welcomes the commitment of the Academy to the promotion of equality of opportunity for women in STEM industry.
Following the successful launch of the STEM Charter, the Commission convened a STEM Employers Equality Network. The aim of the network is to bring employers together to discuss common employment issues, share good practice in respect of the recruitment and retention of females in their workforce and identify challenges to the promotion of equality of opportunity for women in STEM industries.
Participation in Networks can help you gain knowledge on specific initiatives to improve equality practice within the workplace and realise positive outcomes for employees. The Network events are open to new and existing members - we hope that you can participate and help to inform our work to promote gender equality and diversity in STEM industries in NI.
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If you are interested in joining the network contact Frank Fleming on 02890 500681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you and working together to promote gender balance in the Northern Ireland STEM workforce.
The first meetings of the STEM Employers Equality Network were held in Belfast in September 2014 and February 2015. This was followed by an event June with guest speakers from the Ulster Bank and Women in Business discussing internal and external networks. A further STEM Network meeting was held in September 2015 at Malone House, Belfast, where Joe McCarron from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion gave a presentation on Unconscious Bias and a conference on addressing the gender gap in STEM industries was held in November 2015.
The first North West STEM Employers Equality Network was held in April 2015 in the City Hotel, Derry. The event was very well attended with 32 participants contributing to the discussion. Maria McGilloway, Strategic Policy and Legal Manager, University of Ulster gave a talk to the group on the University’s Athena Swan Initiative. Four organisations signed up to the STEM Charter at the event. Another meeting was held in October 2015 in the White Horse Hotel, L/Derry and further STEM Network meetings are scheduled.
- Southern Area network - New!
A new Southern Area STEM Employers Equality Network has been established and held it's first meeting on Thursday 13 October 2016, at Interface Europe Ltd, Craigavon. We would encourage STEM employers in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas to join up and attend our next event.