Durham University is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter, we currently hold an institutional bronze award and are on the journey to improving towards silver. For Durham University participating in the Athena SWAN process is a means to further develop a culture of respect and inclusivity in our community. Athena SWAN offers the opportunity to track ongoing work to address gendered inequalities in the institution—including issues of representation, progression, career development, and factors of the working environment.
The Athena SWAN Committee is responsible for delivering our Gender Equality Action Plan at an institutional level and ensuring the impact of these actions. It is chaired by the Deputy Provost, and is accountable to the University Executive Committee through the Diversity Equality Action Group. The objective of this group is to build a gender equal institution through policies, procedures, and practices which address inequalities and support the fulfilment of strategic aims.
“People are at the heart of our University. To reflect this, equality considerations have been integrated within the action plans supporting our strategic vision. Recognising the importance of EDI for achieving excellence in education, research and the wider student experience, we have invested in supporting this work….We have an ambitious action plan that reflects the aims of the expanded Charter, which will help enhance our sustained and successful commitment to widening participation and promoting equality and inclusion for all.”
Stuart Corbridge, Vice Chancellor and Warden
Athena SWAN community and resource pages
Durham University staff can click on the images below to access the Athena SWAN community forum, guidance and resources, and follow updates from the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Team and Advance HE.
We are committed to all departments at the University holding an Athena SWAN award by 2022/23.
School of Sociology - Bronze