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The School for Policy Studies achieves Athena SWAN award

22 May 2020

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises achievements and progress towards gender equality. Athena SWAN gives universities the tools to evaluate and improve their work in advancing the careers of women and achieving gender parity at all levels of seniority.

In 2015, the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to cover AHSSBL (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law) subjects as well as STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, and Medicine). The School of Policy Studies is the second AHSSBL School within the University to achieve an Athena SWAN award of any level.

Professor Esther Dermott, Head of Policy Studies, said: "I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the School and would like to thank our self-evaluation team and members of the School more widely for their hard work on our application. The process has allowed us to reflect on how far our commitment to gender equality has been formalised and embedded within the School and consider the potential for future improvement in challenging gendered inequalities."

Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, said: “It is excellent to see our commitment to equality recognised in these latest Athena SWAN awards for the Schools of Earth Sciences, Policy Studies, and Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience. This is a fantastic achievement, and testament to the great teamwork of colleagues in these schools. We now have 10 Bronze awards and 6 Silver Awards. I look forward to further future successes.”

Further information

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

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