Athena SWAN

“Athena SWAN, since its inception in 2005, has significantly influenced the way we incorporate issues related to gender equality within the workplace  including representation, progression of students into academia, journey through career milestones and the working environment for all staff. The Charter recognises and encourages initiatives and practices that address gender equality and barriers to progression. For us in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, we have worked hard to gain Bronze Award in the Schools of Health Professions, Psychology and Nursing and Midwifery. We know there is work to do, and we have action plans to help us to improve further – we now set our sights on achieving a Silver Award and ensuring that gender equality is a part of our everyday life in the University.”

Interim Executive Dean

School of Health Professions

The School of Health Professions achieved Bronze Athena SWAN status in November 2017 after an intensive self-assessment by the school's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) led by Dr Catriona Hamer. Their SAT now meet regularly to work on their action plan to achieve gender equity within their school and effect a wider cultural change across their respective professions. 

Their application was commended by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) as demonstrating a thorough self-assessment process which identified many key issues and actions planned accordingly. The ECU particularly commended the very honest and transparent use of qualitative data throughout.

If you would like to be involved in Athena SWAN work in the School of Health Professions then email the SAT chair, Dr Anne Payne.

School of Health Professions SAT

School of Nursing and Midwifery

The School of Nursing and Midwifery achieved Bronze Athena SWAN status in August 2018 after an intensive self-assessment by the school's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) led by Dr Ali James. Achieving Bronze status is only the beginning of their journey and over the next three years the SAT will be working on their action plan to deliver improved gender equity across the school. 

Their application was commended by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) for their good use of survey and benchmarking data throughout their submission in recognising areas for improvement and planning actions accordingly. You can stay up to date with their progress by following our twitter feed and their submission and action plan is available to view here.

If you would like to be involved in Athena SWAN work in the School of Nursing and Midwifery then email the SAT chair, Dr Ali James.

School of Nursing and Midwifery SAT

School of Psychology

The School of Psychology has recently receieved a bronze Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit recognizing their commitment to gender equity.

If you would like to be involved in Athena SWAN work in the School of Psychology then email the SAT chair, Dr Michaela Gummerum.


School of Psychology SAT