Athena Swan

The School of Natural and Built Environment is committed to enhancing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity amongst all our staff and students.  We have adopted the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter:

The new School of Natural and Built Environment was established in 2016 bringing together the former School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP) and the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE). GAP had previously held Athena SWAN Silver award.  An application for an Athena SWAN award by the new School is planned during 2018 led by our co-Champions Aileen Stockdale and Tristan Sturm.

Supported by an enthusiastic and dedicated Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, we are committed to making the School a more equitable place in which to work and study.   Some of our achievements to date include:

  • Unconscious bias training for all members of the School Management Board (SMB) and Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team.
  • A School Board dedicated to raising awareness of University and School policies on inappropriate behaviour.
  • Posters relating to the Principles of the Athena SWAN Charter displayed in prominent locations throughout the School's buildings.
  • Promotion of family-friendly policies.
  • Introduction of core hours.
  • Athena SWAN information included in presentations for student open days.
  • Celebrating International Women's Day with the launch of our alumni Inspirational Women video
  • Annual staff and PGR surveys (complemented by focus groups).
  • Reviewing annual workload allocation models for potential gender-specific issues.
  • Greater gender balance among research seminar speakers.

The Athena SWAN charter was established in 2005 to promote career advancement for women employed in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research.  In 2015 the Charter was extended to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law.