Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The School of Geography and the Environment is committed to enhancing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity amongst all our staff and students. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Bronze Award, achieved in April 2017, which recognises our ongoing commitment to gender equality, although our aim is to promote equality of opportunity for all.

Our Athena SWAN submission included a detailed Action Plan for the next 4 years, to help us address our department's main equality and diversity challenges:

  • Increasing representation of women within our academic staff
  • Enhancing career progression for female staff and students
  • Improving the working environment for all staff (academic, managerial, technical and support)

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to promote career advancement for women employed in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. In 2015 the Charter was extended to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law.

The School's Equality and Diversity Committee oversees the implementation of our Athena SWAN actions, aimed at making the School an even better place in which to work and study. Some of our achievements to date include:

  • Introduction of Personal Development Review (PDR) for all staff
  • Implicit bias training for all staff involved in recruitment and student admissions
  • Workload model for academic staff, ensuring a fair distribution of teaching and other responsibilities
  • No all-male panels at seminars and events in the School

We have a number of new initiatives and improvements planned, including:

  • A School-wide mentoring scheme
  • Improved induction process for all staff
  • Greater transparency in reward and recognition processes
  • Promotion of family-friendly, flexible working policies
  • Encouraging more female applicants for academic and research posts, and more support for women's career progression
  • Ensuring no gender imbalance in student exam performance
  • More opportunities for communication and integration between different parts of the School

Contact us

For more information about Athena SWAN or equality and diversity more broadly please contact Dr Claire Hann (, Athena SWAN Officer at the School of Geography and the Environment.