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Durham University Business School Awarded Athena Swan Bronze Award

The Business School has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award which will be held for four years. Dr Gretchen Larsen and Jennifer Mordue recently attended the Athena SWAN Awards Ceremony on behalf of the School to collect the Bronze Award. The ceremony, which took place at Southampton University, was an opportunity to celebrate this achievement.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and promotes work undertaken by a University to address and advance gender equality. This Bronze Award is testament to the School’s commitment to being an established, inclusive business school.

Professor Susan Hart, Dean of Durham University Business School, said: “This is a tremendous achievement and reflects how diversity and equality of opportunity are at the heart of everything we do. It demonstrates the School’s commitment to the creation of an environment that recognises representation, progression and success for all.”

Established in 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter sets out to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine, (STEMM). This remit was expanded in 2015 to acknowledge work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL). The award includes all employees across the School.

The revised charter no longer focuses solely on barriers to progression affecting women but aims to act as a catalyst for organisational and cultural transformation, making a real difference to all staff by promoting equitable, fair and inclusive working practices. More information on the ten key principles of the charter is available from:

Durham University has held an Institutional Bronze Award since 2011, during which time a University-wide Gender Equality Action Plan has been developed. Part of this plan is for all Departments and Schools across the University to either hold, or be currently working towards their own award. The application for Bronze Award, the first of three levels of award, required a detailed self-assessment of gender equality in the School and the development of an action plan to address any issues identified. The action plan specific to the School covers all areas of work and aligns closely with the School Strategy, particularly the Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability transversal strand.

 Dr Martyn Griffin, Athena SWAN Champion at the School, said:

“I am delighted to be taking forward the Athena Swan agenda over the next couple of years as we work to implement the action plan. We have many positive things to build on, but it’s clear that it will require a real collective effort to turn our commitments in to working realities so that we can extend equality of opportunity and treatment of all people at Durham University Business School.”