The Faculty of History is delighted to have received a Bronze Athena SWAN award for the years 2019-23. Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. The Faculty’s Bronze Award recognises the work we have begun to do, but importantly commits us to a range of actions which we hope will make us a more diverse and equal community.
We committed to publishing our submission, and you can find it here. Since 2019, we have begun work on implementing the large number of actions to we planned. The pandemic has inevitably slowed our progress. It has also added new work, as we recognise that its impacts have fallen unequally across different groups in the Faculty; but we are moving forward and hope to be back on track within the 2020/1 academic year.