Department of Psychology

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN

Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all

Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

The Department of Psychology has been awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice in the Department. Athena Swan submission

We formed an Athena SWAN Self-evaluation Team (ASSET) in 2014, including a balance of senior (eg Head of Department, Professor, Research Centre Director), more junior (eg PhD student, Research Fellow) and part-time staff. The team is working hard to assess our current practices and reflect on whether they meet Athena SWAN goals. Recognition of how working practices and policies can impact men and women’s careers differently in STEM is the crucial first step.

Athena Swan

To ensure that we have full equality of opportunity for female and male staff, we have put together an action plan to build on our current departmental processes.

Over the next three years we will

  • improve our monitoring of staff and student data, to ensure that any gender inequalities and unconscious biases are flagged as early as possible
  • improve our recruitment, career development and promotion opportunities, ensuring that women do not experience barriers to success
  • strive to ensure greater transparency in all internal processes, including workloads and flexible working arrangements