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Equality, diversity and inclusivity are important, and we are proud of the external accolades we have achieved. They recognise our commitment to creating and sustaining a safe and fair community. We are determined to maintain our association with national and international charters and our working groups meet regularly and take full responsibility for ensuring that we remain compliant and achieve relevant objectives set out in various actions plans.

External Charters Working Group

We take our commitment to EDI seriously and are proud of the external recognition we have achieved through accolades such as Athena Swan. Our working groups meet regularly to ensure we’re supporting a culture of inclusion and continuous improvement. Please email [email protected] to find out more.

Athena Swan

The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

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Our Commitment to the UK Athena Swan Principles

Current awards for Edge Hill University:

Award holderAward heldRevised start dateRevised end dateOne year extensionSubmission dateKey contact
Department of Computer ScienceBronze29 April 201931 July 2023No31 May 2023Ella Pereira
[email protected]
Edge Hill UniversityBronze29 April 201930 April 2023No29 September 2023Aisling Benson
[email protected]
Department of PsychologyBronze18 October 201831 October 2022Yes31 January 2024Linda Kaye
[email protected]
Faculty of Health, Social Care and MedicineBronze29 April 201930 April 2023Yes31 July 2024Sally Spencer
[email protected]
Sport and Physical ActivityBronze30 April 201930 April 2023n/a29 May 2026Lars McNaughton
[email protected]
Faculty of EducationBronzeApril 2021n/aDecember 2026Rebecca Starr
[email protected]

Applications pending:

Award roundAward holderAward levelKey contact
Business SchoolSilverYvonne Baum
BiologyBronzeEllen Fry
Law & CriminologyBronzeJulie T Davis
Creative ArtsBronzeClaire Parkinson
View EHU’s Athena SWAN submissions

Care Experienced and Estranged Students (CEES)

Edge Hill University is committed to supporting this student group, as shown through our Care Leaver Covenant Signatory, Pledge with Stand Alone and National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) Quality mark award in recognition of our ongoing commitment to achieve the best outcomes for students with experience of care.

HR Excellence in Research Award Action Plan

In 2005 the European Commission launched the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers which set out some principles for good working conditions for researchers. The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (also known as HRS4R) is the mechanism through which the European Commission (EC) seeks to ensure that concrete steps are put in place by institutions to enhance working conditions for researchers across Europe as set out in the European Charter and Code. The strategy encompasses a five step implementation process for gaining EC recognition for commitment to implementation of the European Charter and Code principles. The European Commission recognition is the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ Award. This process is designed to be ‘light touch’, respecting institutional autonomy and making public information on institutional action plans and progress in their implementation.

Vitae have agreed with the European Commission that commitment to implementation of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers alongside meeting the requirements for research degrees set out in the UK QAA Quality Code is considered as equivalent to implementing the principles of the European Charter and Code.  A UK-specific process that ensures synergy with current UK mechanisms has been developed and is managed by Vitae, following the same five steps and requirements as the standard process.

The HR Excellence in Research logo tells researchers that an institution is committed to supporting their careers and can give them confidence about moving to a new institution.

View the Edge Hill University Action Plan 241-23.

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Disability Confident

Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

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