Athena SWAN

Dr Sue Sherman (former School Athena SWAN Champion and Faculty Athena SWAN Champion from January 2017) and Dr Helen Williams (current School Athena SWAN Champion) collected the School's Bronze Renewal Athena SWAN Award in Liverpool on 12th December.

The award was presented by Sir Paul Nurse, a Nobel prize winner and patron of the Equality Challenge Unit.

A copy of our 2016 application is available here

Sue Sherman and Helen Williams receive Bronze renewal award 2016

The School was especially commended in Liverpool for their writing workshops - an initiative led by early career female staff and supported by the School.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.


In April 2013 the School of Psychology successfully applied for the Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental Award.

‌‌Athena Swan award presentaion Sue Sherman and Nicky Edelstyn collecting award 2013 Athena Swan group collecting award 2013
The award was collected in November 2013 at
the awards ceremony at UCL by Dr Sue Sherman
(School Athena SWAN Champion) and Professor
Nicola Edelstyn
Group photo of Keele Athena SWAN award winners

Visiting speaker biographies  (PDF)

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.

Dr Chloe Shaw Dr Claire Farrow
Dr Laura Jenkins Dr Clare Rathbone
Dr Abigail Locke Dr Jenny Hallam
Dr Jackie Gray Prof. Elizabeth Peel
Dr Caroline Howarth Dr Cliodhna O'Connor

Prof. Karen Douglas

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas
Dr. Laura Marlow Dr. Jeannette Roddy



  • March 2017: Two staff training sessions building on previous training and issues raised in staff survey were facilitated by Ioda, March 6th and 15th.
  • December 2016: The School was awarded a Bronze renewal Athena Swan award.
  • Nov 2016: The School of Psychology celebrated International Men's Day 2016 by holding a bake sale for staff; staff enjoyed this event very much and by buying cakes raised £66.48 for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide.
  • April 2016: Respect in the Workplace training facilitated by Ioda took place on Monday 11th and Wednesday 20th April.
  • March 2016: the Schools's Workload Allocation Model is published.
  • International Women's Day 2016. The School held a cake sale to raise money for the international charity Girls Not Brides. We raised £47 which is more than double last year's efforts! Thanks to all who brought and ate cake!
  • January 2016, PhD focus groups run by Jenny Taylor to explore Athena SWAN issues.
  • Annual staff survey. The annual staff survey was launched on 25th January. Preliminary results are now in and will be disseminated via email in the next week or so.
  • The School of Psychology held a charity coffee and cake event on Monday 9th March 2015 and raised raised £20 for Womankind.
  • Spring 2015, UG and PGT Athena SWAN survey launched to gather views of our undergraduate and masters students.
  • On Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th November 2014, Lisa Reynolds from Ioda delivered Respect in the Workplace training to academic, administrative and technical staff in the School. The training was well-received and positive feedback has since been recieved.
  • The School of Psychology celebrated International Men's Day on November 19th 2014 by putting up posters and information around the School promoting men's health awareness.
  • On March 7th 2014, the School of Psychology Athena SWAN team hosted their first International Women's Day cake and quiz networking event (see pictures). Staff from Psychology and other Schools and Faculties joined in the fun and raised money for Womankind Worldwide, an international women’s rights charity working to help women transform their lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The quiz host Dr Sue Sherman led teams through 3 rounds of questions including a picture quiz.‌‌
  • In December 2013 Jenny Taylor ran focus groups with our PhD students and Claire Fox launched a staff survey to explore issues related to gender equality in the School.
  • Success! In November 2013 Sue Sherman and Nicky Edelstyn collected the Schools' Bronze Award from UCL.
  • In April 2013, the School submitted their first submission for an Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental Award.


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.

Athena Swan bronze award logo 2013