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Management structure and procedures

The general purpose of the project management is strategic control of each work package, implying coordination of the different project activities and implementation of quality control mechanisms with appropriate project standards.

Project management activities include:

  • Co-ordination of the technical and research activities of the project at consortium level.
  • Overall legal, contractual, ethical, financial and administrative management.
  • Preparing, updating and managing the consortium agreement between partners.
  • Set-up and maintenance of the GENOVATE secure online collaboration tool for project management.
  • Co-ordination of workshops and Seminars throughout the project duration.
  • Co-ordination of Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) implementation.
  • Ensuring the coordination of an impartial monitoring and assessment process in order to ensure the implementation of institutional change to support gender diversity and equal opportunities.
  • Managing the dissemination of the project activities and results in order to raise awareness and generate public debate relating to institutional issues hindering the advancement of women.

The strategic management and coordination structure of GENOVATE comprises of:

GENOVATE Secretariat

Centre for Inclusion and Diversity
University of Bradford

International Director

Professor Uduak Archibong [MBE]
+44 (0) 1274 233816 

Project Administrator

Kellie Barnes
+44 (0) 1274 236448

Overall Strategy Diagram

Overall Strategy of Work

International Director [Project Co-ordinator]

The Project Co-ordinator is directly responsible for communication with the European Commission including the provision of all technical, financial and commercial reports.

Virtual General Assembly (VGEN)

The General Assembly is the main governing body responsible for all scientific, technical, research and financial issues.  More specifically, the General Assembly comprises of at least one representative of each of the consortium partners and oversees all aspects of the project, decides on the specific orientations of the project, and takes responsibility for any major issues relating to budget reallocation.

Operations Group (OG)

The Operations Group supports the GEN through day-to-day management of the project and has responsibility for ensuring that correct procedures are adopted and followed, that all deadlines, milestones, Work Package deliverables and reports are met. 

The OG comprises of the Project Coordinator, the Gender Equality Action Plan Coordinator and 2 representatives of the consortium.  The OG is responsible for reviewing the project's progress and performance.  However, the GEN retains overall responsibility for the direction of the project.  Operations Group meetings are held every six months.

International Advisory Board (IAB)

The IAB provides scientific support to the GENOVATE project, the primary purpose of which is to focus on directing GENOVATE to the achievement of its objectives.  The IAB comprises of representatives from the GENOVATE project team and a cross-European multidisciplinary team of experts and stakeholders spanning across all the relevant areas including research organisations, national social partners (trade unions and/or employers' associations), equality bodies, network of universities, scientific organisations, central government, and an academic and expert in gender, leadership and organisation studies.

GEAP Co-ordinator (UCC)

The GEAP Coordinator provides an oversight for effective and efficient GEAP implementation in cooperation of the work packages leaders.  The GEAP Coordinator is responsible for the management and  harmonisation of the project activities within Work Packages 3, 4, and 5.

Institutional GEAP Management Boards (IGMB)

The IGMB manages GEAP implementation in each institution providing guidance and overseeing the direction, quality and efficiency of the project.  The constitution of each management board reflects the local context particularly ensuring involvement of top management and involves strategic collaborators in institutional delivery to enhance sustainability and practice spread countrywide.