Bronze Award for the School for Cross-faculty Studies
The School for Cross-faculty Studies (including our three divisions: Global Sustainable Development, Liberal Arts, and the Institute for Global Sustainable Development) was awarded a Bronze Athena Swan Award in September 2021 and is now engaged in implementing its five-year Athena Swan Action Plan.
The Bronze Award recognises departments that have put in place a full range of policies and procedures to ensure family-friendly working and transparent recruitment and promotion procedures. The award also highlights that in addition to institution-wide policies, the department is working to promote gender equality and to identify and address challenges particular to the department and discipline.
“The ethos of the School is kind and supportive, and we are visibly committed to addressing gender inequality and wider sectoral equity issues. This was recognised and appreciated in student and staff surveys. It is also clear that more can be done to consolidate equitable and inclusive processes and practices. With mechanisms in place for regular review, self-reflection and response, we aim to continuously improve our practice.”
Professor Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla, Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies
What is Athena SWAN?
Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 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.
In 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in 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.
Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:
- academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
- professional and support staff
- trans staff and students
In relation to their:
- progression of students into academia
- journey through career milestones
- working environment for all staff
We’re committed to adopting the ten key principles underpinning the Athena SWAN Charter within our policies, practices, action plans, and culture.
The University holds an Institutional Silver Athena SWAN Award and is actively encouraging all Schools and Departments to apply for departmental awards.