Our Departmental Community
We seek to create a welcoming environment for all of our students and staff, irrespective of background, and are strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity. Our activities include participating in Athena SWAN (a scheme to address gender equality in Higher Education), celebrating Black History Month, and fostering community engagement through our historical projects.
We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, which recognises the advancement of gender equality in Higher Education. We are working towards our Athena SWAN Bronze award through a ‘Self-Assessment Team’, which comprises a cross-section of our staff and students (pictured). The team gathered and analysed data and view-points to discover what we are doing well, and what we need to improve. We have devised a four-year plan to promote gender equality in the Department.
Celebrating Black History Month
The Department celebrates the historical contributions of people of black origin. Black History Month runs in October in the UK and each year we hope to expand the number and range of events. We run a ‘tweet of the day’ commemorating the lives of black figures of the past, whether household names like Nelson Mandela or Mary Seacole or lesser known figures such as the political activist and journalist Ida B. Wells (pictured). Look out for events during October.
History and the Wider Community
We have a strong tradition of working with the community. In 2019, MA students Emily and Naomi coordinated events at which people brought in objects from 1890 - 1940, to create an online exhibition for the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive (held by our Regional Heritage Centre). The picture features Dr ELizabeth Roberts at one of the events.