WMG celebrates Athena SWAN silver success
WMG is delighted to have achieved an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of its commitment to ensuring inclusivity, diversity and equality of opportunity for all staff.
The department previously held a Bronze award, but the Athena SWAN panel unanimously agreed that WMG’s submission, in November 2020, now met the criteria for Silver and evidenced clear positive impact from its activities. The panel said: “The submission reflected on key challenges from previous submissions, actions that led to improvements as well as highlighting new challenges and opportunities to gender equality work moving forward.”
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to recognise and celebrate good practices in higher education and research institutions, towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
WMG’s Executive Chair, Margot James, said: “I would like to congratulate the Athena Swan team for all their hard work and dedication in putting an excellent submission together, made possible by the collective work by colleagues to bring about the changes that have enabled the team to generate a winning submission.
“WMG strives to be a diverse and inclusive academic department, that has a global reach, and we are making good progress as the awarding of a Silver Athena Swan confirms. Our commitment to ensuring inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all our staff is fundamental to our values.”
Professor Robin Clark, Dean of WMG, added: “We are all delighted to have achieved Silver Athena Swan status.
“Our people are at the heart of what we do, with inclusivity and equality embedded in our values. We will continue to do all that we can to ensure WMG is an equal and progressive environment for all of our staff.”
Key highlights for the department include:
- Implementation of a new Flexible Working Policy
- The establishment of a job post specifically focussing on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and co-ordinating the Athena Swan action plan
- The funding of three females to attend Advance Higher Education’s Aurora Programme– a leadership development initiative for women
- Enhanced people development activities for all of the WMG community – both staff and students (both formal and informal)
- Very successful internship programmes, with two former female interns joining WMG as postgraduate researchers
- More female staff overall - an increase of 5% of female staff – and a greater representation at Executive level
- BAME female staff levels rose from 6% in 2016 to 10% in 2019
- More consultation with staff – including the improvement of two-way communication within the department
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