Equality and Diversity

Gender Bronze AwardThe Department of Archaeology achieved a Bronze Award in the Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter in 2014 in recognition of its work to support equality and diversity.

The Athena SWAN Charter was first established 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. In 2013, the department took part 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 staff and students regardless of gender.

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."

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Support for Students and Staff

For a list of support services and support networks available to staff and students please click here
Please feel free to share any questions, experiences or feedback with our Equality and Diversity Committee by emailing Lizzy Craig-Atkins (chair) on e.craig-atkins@sheffield.ac.uk, or your student reps.

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Our recent activity

The department is very proud of the achievements we have made in the last four years to ensure we embed a culture of inclusivity in all our activities. Our Equality and Diversity committee meets every semester, and comprises both staff and students. We generate and explore data to inform our understanding of equality issues in the department, advise managerial committees related to teaching, research and departmental processes, and provide advocacy for our community to ensure inclusivity remains a high priority. We have also taken a lead in delivery of our Athena Swan action plan.

Our staff community includes equal numbers of male and female professors – a very different picture than the staff sector as a whole, where males still outnumber females in senior roles by almost two to one. We also recruit male and female undergraduates in comparable numbers. We also aim to ensure everyone is treated fairly and according to their individual needs, regardless of individual characteristics such as age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity nationality, experience of disability (physical and mental health), familial, parental or caring status.

Students in class

Our E&D committee reports to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and has contributed to a range of initiative that are shared with all via their web site. These include good practice guidelines, a range of projects and activities, and work on unconscious bias in employment and curricula.

Our Bronze Award is valid until 2017, and we are currently collating our activities and impact from the last four years to submit again in November 2017.

For more information on the Equality Challenge Unit, visit www.ecu.ac.uk
For more information about Equality and Diversity at the University of Sheffield, visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/equality