Athena SWAN Bronze Award
The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award for supporting gender equality.
The School of PPLS is fully committed to recognising and supporting equality and diversity amongst its staff and students. Our Psychology department achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2013. In 2017, the Equality Challenge Unit of Athena SWAN charter extended this award to the entire School, in recognition of our efforts to promote a School culture of equality.
Also in 2017, PPLS appointed Dr Michelle Luciano as the Director of the newly formed Equality and Diversity Committee, to lead the implementation of the School’s Athena SWAN action plan. Since then, the Committee addressed a number of issues identified in our Action Plan and continues to do so.
I am extremely proud of the actions that we, as a School, devised to tackle issues of gender equality. From making job roles and promotion processes more transparent to promoting mentoring opportunities for staff and students, not only do we foster the career progression of women but we also build an environment, which is fairer to all.
Athena SWAN Charter
The Athena SWAN Charter formed in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.
Our Action Plan
As part of its 2017 award application, PPLS submitted an action plan detailing its strategy towards increasing gender equality in the School. Some of the actions included were:
- The creation of the Equality and Diversity Committee and the Equality and Diversity pages as part of the School website
- Organisation of regular diversity-oriented seminars (Brown Bag Lunches)
- Making ‘e-Diversity in the workplace’ and ‘Unconscious bias’ training mandatory for all staff involved in recruitment, admissions, workload allocations, and all new staff, and recommended to all other staff
- Increasing the visibility of female role models by requiring equal numbers of male and female speakers to be invited for high profile seminar series
- Monitoring committee memberships for a female profile reflecting the School
- Developing supportive family leave, career development, mentoring, promotion, and work-life balance policies
For a full list of actions, please refer to the Action Plan document.
PPLS students and staff are further welcome to review the minutes from the Equality and Diversity Committee meetings: