Athena SWAN Gender Charter


Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all

Edge Hill University joined the Athena SWAN Charter in November 2013, an initiative initially set up to advance and promote the careers of academic women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. The University was awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award on 1st October 2015 under the pre-May 2015 criteria. Advanced HE (previously Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)) expanded the charter in May 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. Edge Hill University confirmed its commitment to the expanded charter and Athena SWAN principles in December 2015.

With its roots in providing non-denominational teacher training to women in the 1880s, Edge Hill has a long-standing commitment to equality and the promotion of women in professional roles. We have well-developed policies and practices that encourage and assist our staff and students to reach their full potential. We also recognise and support the core values of the Athena SWAN Charter principles, which will enable us to address any gender imbalances in our subjects and, indeed, more broadly. We are committed to supporting our current and future employees and provide a range of resources both internally and with recognised external organisations, such as Vitae and Advanced HE’s Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Edge Hill University’s Athena SWAN submission was championed by the Director of the Research Office, Nikki Craske and Dean of Education, Lynnette Turner. The University formed a Self-Assessment Team (SAT), chaired by Nikki Craske. The SAT has been replaced by the Athena SWAN Steering Group, chaired by Professor Clare Austin, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Health and Social Care. The Athena SWAN Steering Group promotes and advances gender equality across the University by:

  • Facilitating the implementation of the University’s action plan
  • Annually reviewing statistical evidence and considering the implications for the development of the University’s action plan
  • Promoting cultural change and best practice
  • Supporting faculties and departments to submit for Athena SWAN departmental awards

If you wish to find out more about our involvement with Athena SWAN please contact Researcher Development Support Manager, Joanne Morris.

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