7 August 2017

Congratulations to the School of Education for achieving an Athena SWAN Bronze award!

In July, the School of Education received its Athena SWAN Bronze award at a ceremony organised by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) in London.

Athena SWAN draws attention to the multifaceted nature of gender inequality and highlights that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.

The awards and the application process motivates Schools and Institutions to examine their policies and practices, improve communication through consultation with staff, identify gaps and embed good practice where it exists. The awards recognise and reward policies and cultures which build a positive working environment for staff of all genders and at all levels.

Following rigorous analyses by the School self-assessment team, led by former Athena SWAN Champion Amanda Roberts, the School developed a detailed action plan designed to tackle their own unique issues and challenges. Their priorities include attracting more male staff and students into a traditionally female-dominated profession and developing a support package for those applying for leadership roles to address the under-representation of women.