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The Athena SWAN Charter was initially established in 2005 to recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. In 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Edge Hill University is a member of the Athena Swan Charter and currently holds an institutional Bronze Athena SWAN Award.

The Faculty of Education is committed to promoting equality and diversity for all staff and students. In December 2021, we successfully obtained our Bronze Award.


In education there are many more woman than men across the sector. An important long-standing issue facing education is the lack of males in education. At Edge Hill we have significantly more women compared to men registered on undergraduate and PGCE education programmes.

How we are supporting gender equality

Case studies

Visibility on self-identified pronouns

Not everyone categorises themselves in line with male/female pronouns. There are plenty of discussions which speak to the benefits of making visible preferred pronouns as this can support allyship for those who identify as non-binary. We are encouraging members of our Department to make visible their self-identified pronouns such as via email signatures and staff webpages.

See the University inclusive language guide


The Faculty of Education have benefited from 25 sponsored places on the Aurora leadership scheme since joining the initiative in 2010.

Edge Hill University is supporting women in leadership through offering fully-funded places on the Aurora Leadership Scheme .

Meet the team

The gender equality work within the faculty is championed by a small group of volunteers from a range of roles and all departments.

Meet the Gender Equality Working Group.