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Celebrating Athena SWAN success

6 October 2022

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The School of Geography and Planning has received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to tackling gender inequality.

The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research.

Awards are granted to organisations who can demonstrate increasing levels of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in these areas.

The School of Geography and Planning received its award by liaising with staff and students of all levels to identify the main areas that needed to be addressed to promote greater gender equality, and a more inclusive culture within the school. The team then designed an action plan to achieve ambitious objectives over the next five years.

Professor Gill Bristow, Head of the School of Geography and Planning, said: “We’re delighted to have secured an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which demonstrates the progress we’ve made as a school in relation to gender equality and our ongoing commitment to a range of actions that will make us a more diverse, inclusive, and equal community.

“Thanks go to our self-assessment team and all staff and students who contributed to the development of our submission and action plan which we’re now looking forward to delivering.”

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment.

Ten years on, the Charter expanded to include the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly.

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