Summer School CEU

GE Academy Summer School coorganised with Central European University | Planning & Implementing Gender Equality Plans
  • 5-9 July 2021

Planning & Implementing Gender Equality Plans

Course description

Gender Equality Plans (GEP) are a precondition for research and higher education institutions to apply for EC Horizon Europe research funding starting from the 2021 funding cycle. This summer course is targeted at participants from higher education institutions and aims to provide the basic skills and knowledge to develop and implement GEPs. In line with the mission of Central European University, the course places a strong, but not exclusive, emphasis on bringing together professionals working in higher education in post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe and aims to contribute to extending the network of gender equality professionals working in higher education institutions in the region.

The course builds on a structural understanding of gender inequalities, stereotypes and biases in research. It is grounded in the need to tackle gender inequality in its complex, multi-layered dimensions with a strategic view in mind and a holistic set of measures. In line with principles endorsed by the European Commission, we propose Gender Equality Plans as key tools for structural change. We do this while recognizing that the scope of such plans may strongly vary, depending on the type of organization, the institutional context in which it is implemented, the disciplines addressed, or the type of gender biases and inequalities identified in the specific institution.

The course will familiarize participants with different manifestations of gender inequality in higher education institutions and provide them with conceptual and practical tools to diagnose the state of gender equality in their own institutions and communicate findings in strategic ways. It will familiarize with designing and implementing GEPs to tackle problematic areas and monitor the results of implemented actions. The roadmap for GEPs will be explored in detail, including strategies to build institutional alliances with key stakeholders, handling resistances to gender equality and ensuring leadership support.

Learning objectives
  • Sensitising about key areas of gender inequality in higher education
  • Familiarising with methods of diagnosing gender inequality in higher education contexts, including methods for collecting and analysing data
  • Familiarising with the concept of gender equality planning and its main stages
  • Familiarising with processes of setting up gender equality plans (GEPs) including strategies, resistances and tools to cope with them
  • Familiarizing with prerequisites and key success factors
  • Building capacity for stakeholder mobilization
  • Building capacity for ongoing monitoring of gender equality action
  • Familiarising with resources, information platforms and funding opportunities for gender equality practitioners in higher education
  • Networking with other change agents from across Europe; joining the European community of practice
Who is it for?
  • Academic staff
  • Gender Equality/Diversity/Equal Opportunity Officers and Senior Managers
  • Human Resources officers
  • Gender Equality Plan teams
  • Μid-level managers
  • Τeam or unit leaders affiliated with higher education institutions in Central Eastern Europe and ideally in positions that allow them to initiate action that makes the implementation of a GEP feasible
Further information
  • As seats are not unlimited, priority will be given to candidates corresponding to the target groups (please, check out "Who is it for?") and those residing in Central and Eastern European countries (CEEs).
  • Maximum number of participants: 24
  • In case the course is delivered on-site, 10 scholarships (travel and accommodation) will be available for candidates from the Central and Eastern European region on a competitive basis.
  • We encourage tandems to apply from the same institution, as we envision a more efficient implementation of GEPs if more than one person per institution is trained in this area, but it is not a mandatory requirement.
  • Please be aware that all GE Academy trainings will be recorded for internal reasons. In case of publishing only the trainer's input will be published. Statements and contributions of participants will not be disclosed in published recordings/videos
Application requirements
  • Completed application form
  • Including a statement of purpose formulated in response to questions of the application form (3 questions, 500 words each) demonstrating the applicant’s interest/commitment to gender equality in higher education. Statements should include some basic ideas/projections about potential paths towards gender transformation in their respective institutions. Applicant teams can write collective statements. A series of directive questions will be provided to guide applicants in preparing their statements.
  • A CV with a track record of previous engagement with gender equality issues in the applicant’s own higher education institution or beyond uploaded next to the form.
Application deadline 31 March 2021

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by 10th April.

Expected outcomes


Andrea Krizsán

Associate Professor, Central European University (Co-director)

Dorottya Rédai

Research Fellow, Central European University (Co-director)

Ana Belén Amil

Gender Equality Officer, Central European University

Anne Laure Humbert

Oxford Brookes University

Maxime Forest

Science Po, Yellow Window

Lorena Pajares Sanchez

Complutense University, Madrid