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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Athena SWAN

We are committed to the Athena SWAN Charter and hold a bronze award, which recognises our good employment practices for advancing the careers of women, and are currently working to achieve Silver. Our Institutional Athena SWAN Committee is responsible for delivering our Gender Equality Action Plan at an institutional level. It is chaired by the Associate Provost, and is accountable to the University Executive Committee through the Diversity Equality Action Group, to ensure that it delivers gender equality throughout the university, and that our people polices and working practices are bias free and fit well with our strategic aims.

Gender Equality Action Plan

The action plan below is part of Athena SWAN process as well as forming part of the overall Equality and Diversity agenda and will be updated in April 2018.


“Over the last three years our processes for improving our working environment and the prospects for all our colleagues has become more deeply woven into our cultural fabric. This achievement is something that everyone across the university should be, and is, extremely proud of.

There is, however, more to do. Our journey to Athena SWAN silver and institutional action plan takes into account the need for continuous engagement with decision makers to effect culture change and to build greater capability amongst staff at all levels. Fundamental to this is our continued support for Athena SWAN at department level.”

Antony Long, Deputy Vice Chancellor and lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Departmental Awards

We are committed to all departments at the University holding an Athena SWAN award by 2018/19. All STEMM departments in the university now hold an award. The Department of Psychology has been honoured with a renewed Silver award in April 2017 and the Department of Physics is currently applying to convert their Juno Champion award to a departmental Athena SWAN silver.

Faculty of Science:

School of Biological and Biomedical Science– Bronze

Chemistry – Bronze

Earth Science – Bronze

Engineering - Bronze

Computer Science – Bronze

Maths – Bronze

Physics – Silver

Psychology – Silver

In May 2015 the scope of the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to cover gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Health:

Archaeology – Bronze

Durham Business School - Bronze

Geography – Bronze

SGIA - Bronze

School of Sociology - Bronze

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

History - Bronze

Theology - Bronze