The PLOTINA Team decided to involve Progetto Donna in the provision of this measure, for its expertise in the field . Partners agreed on the necessity to organize two different courses in order to better meet the needs of the potential audience. The first course was organized in the following way: 3 lessons of 3 hours each, targeting PhDs, research fellows, early-stage researchers and professors and Technical and administrative staff, with a special focus on empowerment, self-esteem and self-confidence. The second course, was originally conceived as 3 hours’ seminar focused on visibility, negotiating and leadership skills targeting only Full and Associate Professors.
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The PLOTINA UNIBO Team asked to the Directors of Doctoral Programs in the STEMM and SSH fields (involving, in particular, the Engineering, Medicine, Law and Management Doctoral Schools) to promote the course among PhD Students. Thanks to the support of CESIA (UNIBO Informatics Unit) both courses were promoted among PhD students, research fellows and professors. Registration was compulsory to attend the courses. The first course was successfully delivered and had average of 13 persons attended the three meetings. The second course on leadership has been held on November the 8 always in 2018.
Since many potential candidates were left out because of their impossibility to register (for both time and organizational constraints), the PLOTINA Team agreed with PD to repeat the two courses between January and February 2019 which were successfully delivered.
No resistance towards this action, but it was a challenge to schedule and provide a second edition of the course because it was unplanned.
Interest towards the initiative required a repetition of the courses in order to allow more attendees to participate. In fact, many participants in the first course, though, explicitly requested to be admitted to the second one as well, so the PLOTINA Team decided to include them by virtue of their interest and motivation, thus re-scheduling and re-providing both courses.
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Increased awareness of participants’ abilities and strengths. Improved communication and interpersonal skills and competences to overcome stereotypes and succeed in very competitive work environments.
Evaluation questionnaires were delivered to participants at the end of the first course; 14 respondents participated in the survey.
Most of the attendees described the course as stimulating, useful and interesting.
According to 9 out of 14 respondents, the course met their expectations while for 5 of them expectations were met only in part; most the latter group, though, reported that they would have appreciated more than three meetings, demonstrating an overall interest towards these sorts of initiatives.
12 out 14 respondents agreed that the skills achieved can be applied to their work life, while 2 only partially agreed with this statement; 9 agreed that their awareness on the requested attitudes for career advancement increased after the course, while 4 partially agreed and only one disagreed. The overall evaluation of the course ranged from sufficient (3 respondents), to good (5 respondents) and excellent (6 respondents).
The same survey was submitted to participants at the second course on leadership (8 November). 12 participants evaluated as stimulating and useful the contents of the course, 11 evaluated them as interesting. According to 12 out of 15 respondents, the course met their expectations; 13 out of 15 respondents agreed that the skills achieved can be applied to their work life; 11 agreed that their awareness on the requested attitudes for career advancement increased after the course, while 3 partially agreed and only one disagreed. The overall evaluation of the course ranged from good (10 respondents) and excellent (5 respondents).
The course on Empowerment organized in 2019 has been evaluated too by 11 participants. All the participants defined the contents as stimulating, 10 defined them useful, 9 interesting. 8 participants evaluated the whole course as excellent. 4 participants suggested to organize more meetings on the topics. The course on Leadership held on the 13th of February has been evaluated by a questionnaire delivered to the 9 participants. 8 participants defined the contents as stimulating and useful, 2 participants as interesting and advanced. All answered that the course met their expectations and evaluated the whole course as excellent.
Most of the respondents suggested increasing the number of the meetings, confirming their interest towards the course and the issues that were addressed.
The course was successful, more contents related to work-life integration in the academic environment could enhance even more the quality of the training experience, making participants aware of the services and structures available in UNIBO.
The number of subscribers was very high and the UNIBO PLOTINA Team had to organize a second edition of the courses in order to allow more people to participate.