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Nottingham University Business School achieves Bronze Athena SWAN award

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Nottingham University Business School is delighted to be awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for our work in gender equality.

Athena SWAN is an accreditation that rewards excellence in advancing gender equality across higher education and research. It is a national gender equality charter issued by Advance HE, which recognises work to improve equality and diversity in universities and colleges.

It was established in 2005, initially to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The Athena SWAN Charter

The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly and not just barriers to progression that affect women. It includes the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law in academic and professional support roles and for trans staff and students.

The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles around the equality agenda. The University of Nottingham was one of the first institutions to join Athena SWAN, committing to adopting the charter’s principles within its policies, practices, action plans and culture.

Dr Jeannie Holstein led the Business School's submission for the accreditation and said:

We are delighted to achieve this award and take our place as one of only 21 business schools in the UK to be recognised for our self evaluation, ambition and action plan by Athena SWAN. This is an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to embed gender equality, with care, openness, collegiality and inclusivity, in everything we do. The award is testament to all the hard work of our Athena SWAN Project Group and EDI Committee, past and present, supported by colleagues across the school. We submitted the application just at the start of lockdown and acknowledged in it how in pursuing the action plan we need to respond to the extra challenges the pandemic presents. Living up to the spirit of the application in a way that is also mindful of the additional challenges of Covid-19 is the next vital step in making the award really count.

Nottingham University Business School's award is valid for five years.

Posted on Thursday 15th October 2020




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