Archaeology and Ancient History

Athena SWAN

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History is committed to providing a positive and inclusive working environment, and to delivering a flexible, inclusive, accessible and rewarding curriculum, placing students at the centre of our decision-making. In 2019 we were successful in achieving an Athena Swan Bronze award. This national award is in recognition that in addition to institution-wide policies, the department is working to promote gender equality and to identify and address challenges particular to the School and discipline

Athena SWAN Bronze Award Logo imageAbout the Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises advancements in gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. The Charter was established in June 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The Charter was expanded in May 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

The importance of Athena SWAN

The Charter examines the representation of women (and men), the progression of students into academia, the journey through career milestones and how gender may affect these areas and the working environment for all staff. We know that women are under-represented in science - the more senior the role, the greater the deficit. In some disciplines there is significant under-representation of women at all levels. Disciplines with under-representation run the risk of missing talented people it would otherwise gain and retain, and disciplines dominated by one gender are likely to have an unbalanced approach

Find out more on the Athena SWAN website

Key contacts in Archaeology and Ancient History

Dr Sarah Scott, Associate Professor

  • Background and interests: Sarah is Chair of the Self-Assessment Team. She is committed to widening participation and student employability, and coordinates our student volunteering and public engagement programme (Archaeology and Classics in the Community).
  • Role: Worked on the data analysis and action plan; coordinated and edited contributions to other elements of the submission; coordinated focus groups
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Gus Dinn, Operations Manager

  • Background and interests: As Operations Manager Gus oversees all administration in Archaeology and Ancient History.
  • Role: Focused on equalities issues in relation to the workload model and the administrative structure of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester
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Professor David Mattingly

  • Background and interests: Professor David Mattingly has been a long-term member of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester, seeing its staff numbers grow from under 10 in the early 1990s to its current numbers. He was appointed Head for 2016/17-2019/20, and served on the group in advance of taking office.
  • Role: Examined gender balance and visibility of women on internal and external committees; HR procedures and promotions
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