Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN member

Athena SWAN is a higher education Charter Mark, awarded by Advance HE. Originally, the Charter was established to encourage and further the careers of women in areas of science, technology, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), but was broadened out to recognise the work undertaken in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL). Now the Charter assesses gender equality more widely, not just the barriers that effect female progression. Being a member of Athena SWAN ensures that our policies and processes reflect the best practices available within the sector.

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Why is the University of Derby a member?

Understanding and embracing equality, diversity and inclusion will ensure that our students and employees feel safe, respected and valued. We want to ensure we attract and retain talent in all areas of the University, so that we support our talented academics to have a fulfilling, sustainable career.  

Our membership of Athena SWAN is important to us. It helps us to drive forward activities across our University, which supports the delivery of our people strategy. We want to ensure that all our staff are supported and encouraged, and that we recognise and celebrate their achievements. We want to benefit from the talent of everyone.

Athena SWAN at Derby

The University Athena SWAN Steering Committee (chaired by Dr Jo Bishton) and College Teams aims to:

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