Athena SWAN

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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.

NUWiseCurrent 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.

GPS_LOGO_COL (1)Also, the University, through its Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, is a supporter of the LMS Good Practice Scheme



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

Ex-officio Members




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
Name Department/Position Faculty
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  
Carolyn Blyth Marketing  
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

Think Physics

Think Physics is a collaborative project led by Northumbria University using physics to inspire young people, particularly women, into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.