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Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena Swan Bronze Award LogoThe Psychology department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award recognising its commitment to addressing gender equality.

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work addressing gender equality. Northumbria is committed to this Charter. Athena Swan is based on the following 10 key principles:

  1. Acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
  2. Commit to advancing gender equality in academia.
  3. Commit to addressing unequal gender representation.
  4. Commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
  5. Commit to removing the obstacles faced by women.
  6. Commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts.
  7. Commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
  8. Acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation.
  9. Commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality.
  10. Commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.

Psychology’s Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Northumbria University has held an Athena SWAN Bronze award since 2015, with a successful renewal application in December 2019 allowing the institution to retain the Bronze award for a further 3 years. In November 2019, the Geography and Environmental Sciences & Business and Law departments also submitted successful applications to obtain a Bronze award. In May 2020, the Psychology department also submitted an application to which they achieved the Bronze award.

The Psychology submission document can be read here.

Useful links, resources and policies


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion resources at Northumbria

EDI policies e.g. maternity/paternity leave support, flexible working

Northumbria's Anti-Harassment and Anti-Bullying Policy, and further support can be found here

Grievance procedures can be found here


Parenting facilities on campus

City Campus West: parenting room on Floor 1, entrance by the Research Commons - access is by fob only. To gain access you should obtain the fob from Ask4Help staff in Student Central.

Coach Lane Campus West: parenting room is MBE104. The room is accessible via Floor 1 C Block corridor through the lounge and opposite the kitchen space. The key for the room can be gained from the CLC West reception who will issue upon request.



Equality and diversity training can be found on the e-learning gateway here

Unconscious bias training opportunities will be advertised here

Psychology’s Athena SWAN team

Lisa Thomas (Chair)

Laura Longstaff

Vicki Elsey (co-chair)

Mark Moss

Merim Bilalic

Elizabeth Sillence

Alex Thompson

Crystal Haskell-Ramsay

Lee Shepherd

Nicki O’Brien (Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)


Northumbria Athena SWAN contacts:

Lucy Winskell

Rebecca Strachan


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