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Two Humanities Schools recognised for gender equality

(17 May 2017)

Congratulations to the Schools of Law and Social Sciences, the first in the Faculty of Humanities to apply for the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, who have recently received the news that they have each been successful in their applications. These awards are the result of the hard work and dedication of many colleagues across the Schools.

The Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the award was extended to arts, humanities, social sciences, law and business, and to consider gender equality more broadly, not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Bronze Award represents the ‘planning’ level where issues are identified and actions to address these are developed. Award levels progress through to Silver (‘doing’), for evidence of the impact of actions taken and Gold, which recognises ‘sustained impact’.

Professor Toby Seddon, Head of the School of Law, said: "This is a wonderful achievement and the result of much hard work from a wide range of colleagues. We have a lot to be proud of but recognise that there is work to be done. Our action plan will begin the process of delivering on this commitment to gender equality.”

Professor Chris Orme, Head of the School of Social Sciences, said: "I am delighted that the School of Social Sciences has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award. The self-appraisal and action plan, that we submitted with our application, will provide vehicles for enhancing awareness of Athena SWAN, and embedding its principles, across the School. This will impact positively on all our staff and students, by helping us to sustain, and build on, our achievements as we strive for equality across all activities - informed by both Athena SWAN and Race Charter Mark principles."

The remaining three Schools in the Faculty are also working towards the Athena SWAN award. The Alliance Manchester Business School has recently submitted its application, and the Schools of Arts, Languages and Cultures and Environment, Education and Development have their applications in process. The University of Manchester has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2008 and also currently holds a Bronze Award.

  • Find out more about the Athena SWAN Charter on the ECU website.