On the 28th May 2021, XENIA consortium participated in the third transnational meeting of the project. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting, originally planned in Athens, took place in online mode on the basis of an agenda developed by Sinapsi the coordinator and shared jointly by all partners.
After the greetings led by the coordinator Sinapsi, an overview of activities implemented under Work Package 2 and a special insight to XENIA Inclusiveness Index made by the IT partner Internet Web Solutions took place. In particular, partners discussed about the weighting of indicators for the objective matrix and development of indicators to capture students and staff perceptions about HE inclusiveness.
This innovative tool will calculates the score of tested HEI in each different area and overall, suggesting best practices to reinforce or improve their situation in each assessed area and overall. The results can be printed or shared on the main social networks and published in a dedicated section called ‘All Star Corner’ available anytime to ensure XENIA future sustainability.
Hellenic Open University, the responsible partner for Work Package 3 presented the activites tobe undertaken in the coming months. The work will be focused on piloting and rendering the XENIA Index – Beta version before it is official launch to the geneal public.
Xenia is a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission which involves a Consortium of 7 Partners from 5 countries (Ireland, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Spain).
The project aims to promote social and educational inclusion of sexual minority and gender marginalised groups in EU HEIs, by developing and implementing an innovative inclusiveness index to support equality, diversity and inclusion in EU HE contexts.
UCD were responsible for leading Work Package 1 of the project whereby we developed a common methodology, identified and confirmed thematic areas and indicators of inclusion in HEIs through the literature available in this area.