Congratulations to departments for Athena SWAN success

Congratulations to all our submitting departments for your recent Athena SWAN results. The hard work and dedication of teams across the University highlights an ongoing commitment to promoting gender equality.

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Congratulations to the following departments for achieving Bronze awards:

  • Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Archaeology

The awards celebrate the dedication of departments and their Athena SWAN teams to grow as ambassadors for gender equality in the higher education sector. They also recognise the sustained efforts of colleagues to promote progress and overcome barriers to inclusivity, both for colleagues and for students.

All of our science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) departments plus our Department of Archaeology hold an Athena SWAN award, with eight now holding silver and 13 with bronze. In 2018 we are supporting a further seven departments with submissions for upgrades or renewals.

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering


Professor Daniel Coca, Head of Department, said:

“We are delighted that our Athena SWAN Bronze Award has been renewed. The Award is a demonstration of our commitment to having an inclusive and positive environment where our staff and students can thrive.

Since our first submission through the Athena SWAN Charter we have worked hard to embed Athena SWAN principles in all our activities, from learning and teaching to student recruitment, outreach and research. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far and are committed to to expand our actions and activities as we move forward.”

Department of Psychology


Professor Glenn Waller, Head of Department, said:

“Our Department's Athena SWAN application reflects our collective commitment to equality and diversity, and we are pleased to retain our Bronze Award. We have made great strides over the last few years and have also identified some important challenges to work on.

We look forward to implementing the action plan in order to meet our targets and improve transparency and fairness in our policies and practices.”

Department of Archaeology


Dr Lizzy Craig-Atkins, Athena SWAN champion for Archaeology said:

"I'm incredibly pleased to have received further recognition of the important work staff and students contribute to making the Archaeology Department a positive, inclusive place to work and study. We now need to focus on our new action plan and our aims to embed equality and diversity further within everything we do. Everyone in the Department has contributed something to this achievement, and it is certainly something we will be celebrating!"

Professor Dawn Hadley, Head of Department, said:

“I am absolutely delighted to receive the news that the Department of Archaeology has achieved a Bronze Athena SWAN award again in 2018. It reflects the hard work that goes on to realise our commitment to diversity and inclusion in all our endeavours, and our belief that a diverse staff and student community benefits everyone. We are incredibly proud of this achievement.”

About Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter celebrates success in advancing gender equality in higher education and research. It rigorously examines the steps taken by universities and their departments to improve representation, encourage progress and combat gender-based discrimination.

Our continued success under the Charter, shown by this latest set of awards, is a welcome reminder of how important gender equality is to people across our University.

From May 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law as well as 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.