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Durham University

Department of Geography

Gender and Equality

The Department of Geography is committed to eliminating discrimination and actively promoting equality of opportunity for all of our staff and students. We embrace the University's goal to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that respects the dignity of staff and students and assists all members of our University community to achieve their full potential.

Core Values of Equality and Diversity at Durham

  • Mutual respect
  • Transparency
  • Fairness
  • Communication
  • Opportunity

ECU's Gender Equality Charter Mark: Bronze Award Holder

In recognition of this commitment the Department in September 2014 received the Equality Challenge Unit's (ECU) gender equality charter mark bronze award [ECU Gender Charter - Athena Swan Bronze Award].

This new national award scheme recognises our commitment to gender equality and the actions we have taken to address gender inequalities and imbalance in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Bronze level is the first step in the process, showing a strong commitment to specific actions and building a culture that will improve the representation, progression and success of both staff and students.

This commitment builds on the University wide Institution level Bronze Athena Swan award first gained in 2012 and renewed in 2015.

Gender and Equality Working Group (GEWG)

Geography is delighted to be one of the first Departments in the UK to receive this recognition and will use it as an important stepping stone towards our progressive gender and equality Action Plan 2014 - 2017 which is being championed by the Department's Gender and Equality Working Group.

Geography at Durham supports an inclusive culture by promoting good attitudes, behaviours and practices throughout the Department. We focus on positive steps to promote this and are dedicated to removing any potential barriers. Our most recent actions include:

  • Designation of gender neutral toilets within the department
  • Bespoke workshops for our staff in 'Unconscious Bias'
  • Female appointment of a Chair in Physical Geography (see Action Plan under Bronze Award submission)

Celebrating Women in Science Day 2015: Some of our 16 female staff working on science projects

Further Information