Athena Swan - 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 is currently preparing an application to be submitted to the Equality Challenge Unit for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

This award, administered by the Equality Challenge Unit, would recognise 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

As part of its process to seek Athena SWAN accreditation, the School has 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 aims to meet bi-monthly and to report to School meetings.

The School is planning to submit its Athena SWAN application in 2017. The application will include an Action Plan, with ambitious and verifiable targets. The Plan will be widely shared and used to measure improvements.

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 Marie-Andrée Jacob, Athena Swan Lead for the Law School.