Department of Archaeology achieves Bronze Award in Gender Equality Charter Mark

Congratulations go to the Department of Archaeology gender quality charter mark panel​ for achieving a Bronze Award in the Equality Challenge Unit's Gender Equality Charter Mark.

The Gender Equality Charter Mark is based upon the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and aims to address gender inequality and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The 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. The ECU will provide the department with feedback on their submission​ which will give them an insight into how to achieve a Silver Award next time.

Archaeology department Bronze Award in Gender Equality Charter Mark

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