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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 Department of Psychology is committed to promoting equality and diversity for all staff and students. In October 2018, we successfully obtained our Bronze Award.

What is the issue?

Across the higher education sector, two key issues regarding gender equality are apparent in the subject of psychology:

  • Significantly more women compared to men are registered on undergraduate psychology degrees
  • Significantly more men compared to women are employed in senior academic roles in universities (such as Professor or Managers)

How we are supporting gender equality

Collecting research data on gender identity
Visibility of self-identified pronouns
Aurora leadership training

Getting involved in science

There are many schemes which are facilitated by scientists, to encourage young people to get involved in science and other STEM subjects. These include:

Useful resources

LGBTQ+ support group

The Lee Cooper Foundation in association with Dramatic Recovery hosts a weekly local LGBTQ+ support group specifically for young people

Inspirational psychologists

Tell us what you think

We would love to hear from you if you have any comments or suggestions in relation to Athena SWAN activities.

Email Dr Helen Wall (Psychology EDI Lead)