Athena Swan

The Faculty was awarded a Bronze Athena Swan Award in August 2022, recognising our work to promote gender equality. The Athena Swan framework supports academic departments to address gender inequality through a rigorous self-assessment process.

Bronze and blue logo, in blue font reads 'Athena Swan' to the top right. To the left is a bronze coloured circle that reads 'Gender charter'

Our Self-Assessment was undertaken by a team made up of academic and professional colleagues at all levels, as well as taught and PGR students. We will make our full report and action plan available here soon.

We have developed an ambitious action plan that focuses on:

Recruitment

We will be looking closely at our recruitment processes, with a focus on working towards equity in the recruitment process.

Research culture

We found some evidence of gendered differences in academics’ research careers. We will explore this further and take steps to ensure that all staff have the support they need.

Enhancing the student experience

Our taught student cohorts tend to be gender imbalanced, with significantly more women studying with us than men. This has implications for the student experience for all students. We are planning a ‘listening circles’ project to better understand how we can support students of all genders.

Promotion

We found that academic women did relatively well in promotion up to Associate Professor Level, but that they were significantly under-represented amongst the Professoriate. We have already begun a series of targeted promotions workshops for women at Grade 9. We also found that part-time academic colleagues were less likely to put themselves forward for promotion and will soon run our first session focusing on part-time staff. We have a number of promotions workshops planned for 22-23. Contact Susan Preston if you would like further information.

Covid-19

We also undertook research into the impacts of Covid-19 on academic and professional colleagues and have made recommendations to support recovery from the pandemic.