Research and Innovation Institutions collaborate to implement Inclusive GEPs

Frederick University partners with ten research and innovation institutions in Europe, with the aim to develop inclusive Gender Equality Plans in Universities.

The NEXUS project is twinning Research and Innovation Institutions which are currently collaborating to implement Inclusive GEPs. The project secured funding of 1 million euros from the European Commission’s highly competitive HORIZON EUROPE program in 2023.

Academic and research organizations in Ireland, Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria, France, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, and Turkey take part in the project with the aim to bridge inclusivity gaps in their ecosystems, leading to the advancement of their Gender Equality Plans. Furthermore, they aim to promote geographical inclusivity through a highly context-sensitive approach to GEP action piloting in the seven Member States and two associated countries.

The project partners held their first physical meeting at TU Dublin on January 30-31st, 2024, marking another milestone towards achieving the project's goals. During the meetings there was bilateral and trilateral exchange of good practices at the Universities and a day was dedicated to a study visit at TU Dublin.

At Frederick University, the project is implemented by the University’s RIGE-Gender Equality and Inclusion Unit. The Unit’s Lead Researcher, Dr Petroula Mavrikiou, Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration, comments: “We aim to bring institutional change towards gender equality and by participating in the NEXUS project, we are taking a step further to safeguarding such changes. In collaboration with our partners, we aim to develop inclusive Gender Equality Plans in intersectional and intersectoral directions, considering both the matter of gender but also that of race, ethnicity, religion, beliefs, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and other.”

In the framework of NEXUS, support structures are set up among the partners: experienced institutions offer their knowledge to the ones less experienced in developing Gender Equality Plans. The project will analyse how implementing partners with newly set up GEPs perform data collection, internal assessment, and the planning of GEP measures with a view to identifying areas of improvement as well as potential challenges in enhancing an inclusive approach. Frederick University is one of the partnering institutions where new, innovative inclusive actions will be implemented in order to improve the GEPs.

Frederick University developed its own intersectional Gender Equality Plan (GEP) covering a four-year period (2021-2025). Through its GEP, the University is committed to eliminating sexual harassment through the adoption of the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Combating of Harassment and Sexual Harassment, empower women to pursuit leadership positions, integrate gender in teaching and research and facilitate work-life balance.

The NEXUS project is coordinated by the Technological University Dublin (Ireland). Partners are Smart Venice (Italy), Frederick University (Cyprus), Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria), Universite Du Mans (France), Academia Gorniczo-Hutnicza Im., Stanislawa Staszica W Krakowie (Poland), Bay Zoltan Alkalmazott Kutatasi Kozhasznu Nonprofit KFT (Hungary), University of Nis (Serbia), Fondazione Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia (Italy) and KOC University (Turkey).

Nexus Project Frederick University Dublin 2024

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