Athena SWAN

Keele University has an Equality and Diversity vision which includes Protected Characteristics, Bullying, Harrassment and Behaviour. Information and advice can be found within the University Equality and Diversity web pages.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

Sue Sherman and Helen Williams receive Bronze renewal award 2016

Within the School of Psychology our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee works to ensure that the School promotes EDI and takes action to address inequalities within the School, for the benefit of its staff, students, and the wider Keele community, whilst demonstrating a continuing commitment to an organisational culture of dignity and respect.

Our School EDI committee is chaired by Dr Sue Sherman, and members include the Head of School, Senior School Manager, representatives from our administrative and technical support staff, PGR students, and other staff who have an interest in EDI issues.

Part of the EDI committee’s role in the School is to drive forward the Athena SWAN and Race Equality agendas, in accordance with their respective Charters and Principles, and to oversee the writing and submission of the School Athena SWAN award applications; and contribute to University submission Race Equality Charter awards.

Established in 2005, Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN), to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM). In May 2015 the scope of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to cover gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines, and to include professional support staff.

Keele School of Psychology was first awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN departmental award in 2013. This Bronze award was then renewed in 2020. We are currently actively working towards a Silver award for the School.

View our Athena_SWAN_Application_2020.

Ongoing EDI activities within the School:

  • Annual staff survey (training, promotion, workload, culture, challenges, opportunities, morale)
  • Annual student survey of EDI experiences (e.g., gender equality/discrimination)
  • Regular social events (e.g., summer picnic, FIKA, baby photo competition)
  • Regular staff training/team-building activities (based on current concerns/needs within the School)
  • Regular promotions workshops
  • Transparency of decisions made by Senior Management Team
  • Transparency of workload allocations and monitoring of workload
  • Academic admin roles advertised for expressions of interest



Psychologist of the month: We asked academic staff and PGR students in the School to nominate psychologists who inspired them. We received nominations for some fascinating people who have done remarkable work. See the nominations here:

Visiting speaker biographies: In order to provide more female academic role models for our students, we decided to invite our visiting speakers to answer some questions about their career paths. There's quite a variety of replies - we hope you find them interesting and thought provoking. Thanks to all our speakers for taking part.