Athena SWAN

The Department of Criminology is committed to the advancement of gender equality amongst all of its students and staff. In recognition of this commitment, the Department is working towards an Athena SWAN bronze award.

We began working towards this award at the end of April 2016. The Athena SWAN charter was launched in 2005 as a recognition scheme for good employment practice for women working in STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) in higher education.

Since May 2015 it has been expanded to AHSSBL (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law) subjects and to professional and support staff in certain areas.

The Athena SWAN Principles

Athena SWAN is based on ten main principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, we commit to adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.

  • We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
  • We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
  • We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including:
    • The relative under representation of women in senior roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL).
    • The particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
  • We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
  • We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
  • We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
  • We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
  • We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
  • We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.
  • All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.

Contact: Dr Clare Gunby (Equalities Champion and Self-Assessment Team co-chair)

Members

Members of the Departmental Self-Assessment Team (SAT):