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Recognising Advancement of Gender Equality:
Representation, Progression and Success for all.

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Psychology have been given a SILVER award for our March 2022 submission!

This means that the department has shown it has good structures and processes in place to support gender equality work, has identified and made progress against issues in key priority areas and, most importantly, has shown success in addressing gender equality.

This is, therefore, a whole-department success: the award reflects consistent efforts to address gender equality across our department and we could not have achieved it without the support and buy-in of everyone. Thank you to everyone who answered questionnaires, attended focus groups, and gave us feedback, and thank you to everyone who more generally contributed to the Athena Swan agenda in their department activities by taking on new roles or supporting new initiatives. And particular, of course, to the Athena Swan Working Group who put so much effort into these initiatives and the application.

Read our submission (redacted) and Action Plan hereLink opens in a new window; and find out more about what we've been up to on our ED&I pages.

Kate Messenger and Michaela Gummerum (Athena Swan Co-Chairs)

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The Department of Psychology is committed to fostering a supportive culture and environment for all staff and students regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, or age. We place great importance on the fair and equitable treatment of all staff and students, embracing the principles and practices of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) Departments in Higher Education and Research.

In recognition of our commitment, the Department earned the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2012 and renewed the Bronze Award in November 2016.

The new Athena Swan Working Group applied and received a Silver Award in 2022 reflecting our ambitions to continue to promote Equality and Diversity issues in the Department of Psychology and beyond.


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