Equality and Diversity

Athena SWAN Bronze

In April 2018 the University of Portsmouth retained its Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising our commitment to gender equality.  The submission was developed by a team of staff from across the University at all levels, both Academic and Research and Professional and Support, and is a tribute to their hard work and commitment.

The University initially gained an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2014, when the focus was on the advancement of academic women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) areas. In May 2015 Athena SWAN was extended to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), in professional and support roles and for trans staff and students.

It now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Matthew Weait, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and University Athena SWAN Champion, said:  I am absolutely delighted that the University has achieved renewal of its Athena SWAN Bronze Award under the extended principles. This is testimony to the passion and hard work of so many people, both in academic roles and in professional services, all of whom are committed to the values underpinning the scheme, and dedicated to enabling their realisation in practice. We can now move forward in implementing the Action Plan.” 

Jan Shute, Professor of Pharmacology and Chair of the University Self-Assessment Team who developed the submission, said: "This award is recognition of the hard work of many colleagues across the University and reflects our vision to be a beacon of excellence in equality, diversity and inclusion throughout our culture, policies and practices, research, innovation and teaching excellence.  Through our Athena SWAN Action Plan we aim to increase gender diversity at all levels by encouraging women – and men where they are underrepresented - to apply for recruitment and promotion, using our proven, fair and transparent processes; in a carer-friendly environment in which the contributions of men and women are recognised and rewarded equally."

While it is great to have this external recognition we are not complacent. Our focus since the submission in November 2017 has been on delivering the University four-year Athena SWAN action plan, and that continues to be our priority.


We are ambitious for the future, and as well as a programme of school and department submissions and re-submissions over the next four years, we will be going for a Silver Athena SWAN award in 2021.

The successful University submission will be available soon on the Athena SWAN webpages.  If you have any questions about Athena SWAN please contact Lesley Lee, Equality and Diversity Advisor (Charters Co-ordinator), 02392 845039, lesley.lee@port.ac.uk.