Athena SWAN at the University of Hertfordshire
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good practice in advancing gender equality for all in Higher Education.
Originally launched in 2005 to address the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), in 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL), in professional and support roles, and for people of all genders.
The University, alongside seven of its academic Schools (Computer Science; Life and Medical Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Humanities; Creative Arts; Education and Business), hold Athena SWAN Bronze awards. View our institutional Athena SWAN Bronze submission (PDF - 2.8 Mb).
In addition to this, two of the University’s Schools have been awarded Silver status - Physics, Astronomy and Maths and Health and Social Work – and were among just 43 out of 82 submissions that were successful at this level in the latest round.
The Hertfordshire Law School submitted its Bronze application in April 2020 and is currently awaiting the result.
Working with the Charter has helped the University engage with staff and students, identify issues affecting women and men across all subjects, develop ways to increase representation and support career development. The University and its Schools are ensuring that their Athena SWAN action plans are being implemented so that we can continue to reflect on, and improve, current practices. Read about some examples of good practice based on our Institutional Action Plan.
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For further information on Athena SWAN
Visit the official Athena SWAN website.
Contact Sarah Goler Solecki if you would like to find out more about School-level Athena SWAN initiatives.