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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.

Information on our Gender Pay Gap can be found here.


Meet the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

Ex-officio Members




Professor Glen McHale (Chair)

Faculty Pro Vice -Chancellor

Engineering and Environment

Professor Rebecca Strachan (Deputy Chair)

Faculty Associate Pro Vice- Chancellor (Strategic Planning & Engagement)

Engineering and 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




Nominated Members - representatives from STEMM departments and key services




Professor Ruth Dalton

Architecture and Built Environment

Engineering and Environment

Dr Sara Lombardo

Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Engineering and Environment

Dr Li Zhang

Computer and Information Sciences

Engineering and Environment

Vikki Edmondson

Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Engineering and Environment

Dr Bronwen Whitney


Engineering and Environment

Professor Catherine Exley

Faculty Associate Pro Vice- Chancellor
(Research & Innovation)

Health and Life Sciences

Dr Val Larkin

Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Health and Life Sciences

Laura Longstaff


Health and Life Sciences

Sara Sulaiman

Applied Sciences

Health and Life Sciences

Dr Barbara Harrington

Senior Research Fellow/ Assistants


Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi

Post Graduate Research Students








Adam Dawkins

Governance Services


Tim Baxter

Graduate School


Andrew Mowbray

Campus Services


Carolyn Blyth



Louise Skipsey

Strategic Planning and Performance


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.


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