Bronze Athena SWAN award

Gender Bronze Award

The Department of Archaeology has achieved a Bronze Award in the Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter.

The Athena SWAN Charter was first established for to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). It was later expanded to address gender inequality and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The department took park in the Gender Equality Charter Mark pilot that expanded the scheme beyond STEMM subjects. Our Bronze Award recognises the department's strong commitment to actions that will improve the representation, progression and success of both staff and students

Head of Department, Dawn Hadley, commented on achieving the Bronze Award:
"I am delighted that we have received this recognition, and proud that we are the only Department of Archaeology in the country to be awarded a Gender Equality Charter Mark. The Bronze Award reflects the combined efforts of a team of staff and students who worked in partnership on the submission. We will continue to build on this success with the creation of a new equality and diversity committee, to ensure that our commitment to gender equality is maintained and enhanced, and we will strive to achieve a Silver Award and to continue to develop a positive working environment for all staff and students."

The Bronze Award is valid until 2017. Feedback from the Equality Challenge Unit will give the department an insight into how to achieve a Silver Award next time.

Now that the trial Charter has been successfully completed, with five universities and 17 departments achieving the Bronze Award, all institutions will be able to take part in the Charter in 2015.

For more information on the Equality Challenge Unit, visit