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Certifying Equality? A critical conversation on Athena SWAN and equality accreditation

certifying_equality_poster.pngThis was a one-day event looking at the challenges and opportunities afforded by Athena SWAN.

On this page you can find materials from the event.


After the Certifying Equality event, Dr. Ruth Pearce produced a report outlining the key reflections and insights which emerged throughout the day.

The title of the report is Certifying Equality? Critical reflections on Athena SWAN and equality accreditation and it includes discussion of:

  • Background to Athena SWAN
  • Athena SWAN as a catalyst for change
  • The contradictions of equality accreditation
  • Proposals for change
  • Presentation summaries

You can download the report here.

Programme and Speaker Slides

The programme for the event can be found here.

A selection of speakers' slides can be found below.

Original event information

Friday 17th February 2017: 10am - 5pm (registration from 9:30am)
Wolfson Research Exchange, University of Warwick Library

You are warmly invited to attend a one-day critical discussion on the challenges and opportunities afforded by Athena SWAN.

This event will bring together colleagues who work on creating, supporting and evaluating submissions, with researchers who have been studying Athena SWAN and other equality and diversity monitoring mechanisms.

The emphasis during the day will be upon cross-disciplinary conversation, with a focus on discussion, debate, and ideas around how we can support one another in bringing about real change in our institutions.

Register to attend

This is a free event, but numbers are limited and registration is required.

To reserve a place, please complete this registration form.


Questions addressed during the day will include:

  • What's new about Athena SWAN - and what's changing?
  • How can we use equality charters such as Athena SWAN to improve our institutions?
  • How can we bring a feminist perspective to Athena SWAN submissions?
  • How can we take an intersectional approach to Athena SWAN submissions?
  • What are the limitations of equality charters such as Athena SWAN?
  • What might be "missing" from equality charters such as Athena SWAN?
  • How would we like to see Athena SWAN change the future?

In addition to talks and panels throughout the day, we will be facilitating two 'open' sessions in which attendees are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day.


Speakers will include:

Sandra Beaufoy (Equality and Diversity Network, University of Warwick).
Kat Gupta (Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Oxford Brookes University).
Tiffany Page (Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College).
Sharifah Sekalala (School of Law, University of Warwick).
Maria Tsouroufli (Institute of Education, University of Wolverhampton)
Charoula Tzanakou (Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick).
David Wyatt (Primary Care & Public Health Sciences, King's College London).


The event will be taking place on the third-floor extension of the Library.

Information on disabled access to the building can be found here.

We are currently looking into options for free childcare at the event. If you would want use this service, please indicate on the registration form, and we will update you as soon as we can.

A gender-neutral accessible toilet is available on the second-floor extension of the Library. It is positioned next to a lift that will take you to the third floor, just around the corner from the Research Exchange.

If you have any queries about access for the event, please email Ruth Pearce: r.pearce [at]


Event organised by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and the Department of Sociology's "Inequalities and Social Change" Research Cluster, with the generous support of Warwick's Equality and Diversity Office and the Faculty of Social Sciences