Athena SWAN

In April 2019 the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine was informed that we had been successful in our application for an Athena Swan Bronze Award.

Receiving the athena swan bronze award

James Clayton, data specialist with the Faculty Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (SAT), receiving the Bronze Award on behalf of the faculty at the awards ceremony, University of York, June 2019).

The Athena SWAN Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM). The Equality Challenge Unit (now part of Advance HE) and the UKRC, officially launched the charter in June 2005. Edge Hill University became a charter member in November 2013 and attainted its first bronze institutional award in October 2015 (pre May 2015 criteria). In May 2015 the charter was expanded to include women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine)
  • academic roles in AHSSBL (arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law)
  • professional and support staff
  • gender equality

In relation to:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Edge Hill University successfully attained an institutional bronze award using post May 2015 criteria in April 2019.

Taking Athena Swan forward: the Action Plan

In June 2019 the Faculty Athena Swan Self- Assessment Team, which had worked with faculty staff in the successful application for the Bronze, was dissolved and a Faculty Athena Swan Steering Group (FASSG) established. The task of the SAT had been to establish what was happening in the faculty and what needed to change to meet the Athena Swan targets. A key part of a successful Athena Swan application is the Action Plan, submitted in our application which commits us to implementing change in line with the Athena Swan Charter. The Action Plan is a minimum and institutions are expected to be ambitious and to build on and extend the aims of the plan. The FASSG is now working to ensure this happens and to implement our Action Plan and put in place concrete changes. Implementing  the Action Plan is also key to successful renewal of our Bronze Award in the future and in aiming for Silver.

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