Athena Swan at School of Pharmacy
In 2014, the School of Pharmacy created an Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (SAT) to prepare and submit an application for Athena Swan recognition; we were awarded a Bronze Athena Swan award in 2017. The SAT comprises of staff and students from within the School and aims to represent the diverse population within our School. The School have an ongoing commitment to the Athena SWAN charter, which recognises the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
In committing to the Charter, we commit to adopt the ten key principles within their policies and culture (taken from: www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/about-athena-swan/):
- We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
- We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
- We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including:
- the relative underrepresentation of women in senior roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL)
- the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM)
- We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
- We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
- We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
- We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
- We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
- We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.
- All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.