In the first scheme of its kind the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) has awarded Warwick Business School a bronze for its progress in gender equality.
Based on the principles of the ECU’s highly successful Athena SWAN Charter for women in science, the gender equality charter mark aims to address chronic gender imbalance and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Bronze level is the first step in the process, showing a strong commitment to specific actions and building a culture that will improve the representation, progression and success of both staff and students.
Mark Taylor,WBS Dean, said:
This is tremendous news for the school. We are committed to making sure there is gender equality at every level. The school will benefit greatly from having a diversity of skills, background and experience with both men and women playing a full part. In the world of business and politics we need more women in leadership positions and as a business school we have a role to play in this.”
Warwick Business School is one of just two business schools in the UK to be recognised for advancing gender equality. While the charter has a particular focus on the underrepresentation of women in senior roles, it will also encourage progress on the underrepresentation of men in subjects such as teaching and social work and also seeks to address the unfair treatment often experienced by transgender people.