Diversity and inclusion

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in employment in higher education and research. The ECU Athena SWAN Equality Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality broadly.

As part of our work towards better inclusion and diversity, Keele Law School prepared an application and was successful in its submission to the Equality Challenge Unit for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award which will run until 2021.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in academia. Both schools have shown examples of good practice already in place, and the Bronze award recognises their work towards complete equality, and further actions that will be put in place to advance towards the Silver level.

Professor Marie-Andrée Jacob who led the School of Law application commented:

“The School of Law has a long-standing collegial and egalitarian ethos combined with a tradition of research and education with respect to gender, sexuality and the law. The Athena SWAN Bronze award reflects that we take stock of the progress we have made in recent years but that we remain alert of ongoing challenges, and in turn propose an ambitious action plan to redress inequalities, paying special attention to early-career academic and professional services staff.”

Professors Susan Bruce and Mark Ormerod, co-Chairs of Keele's Athena SWAN Steering Group said:

“We are delighted that Keele's Schools of Law and of Pharmacy have been successful in their applications for Athena SWAN Bronze awards. Athena SWAN applications by Schools are a vital signal of Keele's commitment to the pursuit of gender equality, and they embed aspirations towards equality at every level in the institution. We congratulate Professor Jacob and Dr Voisey and their colleagues in Law and Pharmacy on these significant achievements.”

This award, administered by the Equality Challenge Unit, recognises that the School has:

  • Taken significant strides towards auditing and assessing our current practices and how they contribute to gender inequalities;
  • Has conducted a broad and thorough self-assessment process;
  • Has committed to deliver an ambitious Action Plan over the next few years

Athena Swan award 041217 port As part of its process to seek Athena SWAN accreditation, the School established an Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. The SAT is comprised of students, academic and professional staff, and is co-chaired by the Head of School Professor Alison Brammer and the Athena Swan Lead Professor Marie-Andrée Jacob. The SAT meets bi-monthly and reports to School meetings.

Keele Law School recognises that consideration of various factors apart from gender, including sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, and age, is central to working towards an inclusive environment.

The Athena SWAN accreditation process is not an end in itself; it is rather a tool and an opportunity for Keele Law School to assess its efforts, strengths and limitations, and to identify what are its most pressing challenges in order to achieve genuine representation, progression and success for all.

If there are specific gender-related issues which you would like to be raised for review, please contact Hannah Barjat, Athena SWAN Support Officer at Keele, or the Athena Swan Lead for the Law School.

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