The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. Northumbria University was the proud recipient of an Institutional Bronze Athena SWAN award in October 2015. This award recognises current good practice and aspirations to improve equality of opportunity for women in SET areas.
The Charter now has 114 member institutions and there have been over 100 awards made at bronze, silver and gold levels.
Going through the Athena SWAN application process gives universities and departments the space to reflect on, and celebrate, current organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in SET. Athena SWAN also offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for both men and women. The Bronze Award recognises the current efforts of the University in this area, and also puts in place a 3 year ‘Action Plan’ to improve gender equality in SET.
Current activities supporting Athena SWAN include NUWise , the network established to support and develop the careers of female staff and PhD students working in the SET areas at Northumbria, as well as Think Physics, a collaborative project using physics to inspire young people, particularly women to work and study in the SET disciplines. Individual SET Departments will also be supported in applying for Athena SWAN awards at departmental level that recognise localised good practice building on the efforts of the wider University initiative.
Further information on the charter can be found on here.
The three year action plan that outlines the planned activities of the University, and overseen by the Self-Assessment Team can be found here.
Meet the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
|Professor Glen McHale (Chair)||Faculty Pro Vice -Chancellor||Engineering & Environment|
|Denise Swann||HR Manager People Development||Human Resources|
|Katie Barnes||People Engagement Adviser||Human Resources|
|Scott McGee||Research Funding and Policy Manager||Research and Business Services|
|Professor Rebecca Strachan||Faculty Associate Pro Vice- Chancellor (Strategic Planning & Engagement)||Engineering & Environment|
|Nominated Members - representatives from STEMM departments and key services|
|Laura Longstaff||Psychology||Health and Life Sciences|
|Professor Ruth Dalton||Architecture and Built Environment||Engineering and Environment|
|Dr Sara Lombardo||Mathematics, Physics and Electrical||Engineering and Environment|
|Dr Li Zhang||Computer and Information Sciences||Engineering and Environment|
|Dr Kathryn Coventry||Mechanical and Construction Engineering||Engineering and Environment|
|Dr Bronwen Whitney||Geography||Engineering and Environment|
|Dr Val Larkin||Public Health and Wellbeing||Health and Life Sciences|
|Andrew Mowbray||Campus Services|
|Sara Sulaiman||Applied Sciences||Health & Life Sciences|
|Louise Skipsey||Strategic Planning and Performance|
|Adam Dawkins||Governance Services|
|Svetlana Tatarkova||Senior Research Fellow/ Assistant||Health and Life Sciences|
|Dr Barbara Harrington||Senior Research Fellow/ Assistant||Health and Life Sciences|
|Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi||PGR||Engineering and Environment|