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Athena SWAN

The school is committed to becoming an exemplar for fairness and equality of opportunity for all. This is exemplified by our successful bid for Athena Swan Bronze Status and our endeavour to roll out best practice to all staff and student groups. 

The Athena SWAN Charter was initially developed in order to celebrate good employment practice for women working in science, technology and engineering (STEMM) in higher education and research. In 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. It now row recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

In 2013 the School of Health Sciences won a national award for its commitment to advance the careers of women academics and to promote equality and diversity. This year (2017) we are applying for the Silver Award.

Athena Swan Bronze Award


  • Collect data on gender to assess shifts and patterns
  • Redress unconscious bias in University and school policies and procedures
  • Consider the effect of caring responsibilities on career trajectories
  • Gender sensitivity at appointment and promotion panels
  • Mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working and support at career transition points
  • Transparency of workload and support for professional development
  • Acknowledging all forms of contribution (eg. pastoral, teaching, citizenship, outreach)
  • Workload and work-life balance
  • Core hours: sensitivity to family and caring responsibilities
  • Awards and recognition
Athena Swan is no longer just about women, but about promoting equality of opportunity for all.

Sally Melling
Athena Swan Lead


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School of Health Sciences

B Floor, South Block Link
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 86500