Museum Studies at Leicester is committed to providing a good working environment for its staff and in 2014 was successful in achieving a Bronze award. This national award is in recognition that in addition to institution-wide policies, we are working towards promoting gender equality and identifying and addressing challenges particular to Museum Studies and our discipline.
About 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.
Departmental Athena SWAN Documents
If you wish to find out more about our School engagement with Athena SWAN please email Robin Clarke.