Gender Equality Inclusivity Plan
As a public service institution, the University of Algarve is involved in current issues relating to sustainability and the enhancement of natural resources and heritage. Cultivating a sustained involvement in environmental practices, the institution also takes a general interest in organisational and technological innovation geared towards creating better conditions for development and improved quality of life.
What inspires us?
Promoting sustainability through innovation and inclusion, in teaching and research, in an environment that fosters proximity. In practice, this reflects our commitment to being an open, outward-facing institution that promotes economic development, social wellbeing, and environmental preservation by creating and sharing knowledge, as well as our alignment with:
- The United Nations 2030 Agenda based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- The European Agenda for Education 2020-2024 (EHEA) and the European Research and Innovation Agenda 2022-2024 (ERA)
- The Portugal 2030 Strategy, structured around four central thematic areas for the development of the economy, society and territory
- The Algarve Regional Strategy 2030, specifically the RIS3 Algarve 2.0 (Regional Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation)
Our core values include Freedom (of scientific, cultural, and technological creation), Diligence, Social Responsibility, Independence, and Valuing Individuals, and our operations are guided by:
- Respect and appreciation for cultural, linguistic, humanistic, artistic, and social diversity
- Responding to the challenges of societal and sustainable development, and digital and green education
- An inclusive pursuit of scientific excellence and innovation with economic applications
- A commitment to Open Science, the availability of data and publications, and, with the opening of the scientific process as a whole, strengthening Open Innovation, Open Science and Citizen Science Networks
- Democracy and participation, in line with European values
- Close connections with the surrounding community and in the building of historical and geographical bridges with other regions, both within Portugal and abroad
It is within this framework that the University of Algarve’s Gender Equality Inclusivity Plan (PI²Género UAlg) was drafted by a working group run by the institution’s Vice-rector for Internationalisation and Sustainable Development. PI²Género UAlg follows international guidelines on this matter, specifically those drafted by the European Institute for Gender Equality.
The actions put forwards aim to:
- Build gender into UAlg’s institutional structure, ensuring the institution’s leadership, governing bodies, and management lead by example, seeking constant development in line with the most rigorous Portuguese and international standards
- Strengthen an organisational culture that promotes gender equality and inclusion, encompassing formal and informal means of communication, and active and inclusive practices carried out both internally and externally (within the region)
- Improve the work-life balance of all employees and students, by boosting wellbeing in a healthy environment
- Mitigate gender imbalances in teaching and research, in areas such as Exact Sciences, Engineering, and Health Sciences, across UAlg’s regional, national, and international operations
This plan seeks to equip UAlg with an instrument with which to add new practices to existing ones, ultimately aiming to uphold its position as a tolerant, barrier-free institution that respects differences. In short, making our institution a good place to study, work, teach, and research, regardless of where we come from and who we are.