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Athena SWAN

Encouraging and nurturing gender equality in higher education

The Sociology Department celebrates diversity and strives to provide an equal educational opportunity for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, regardless of their gender or personal background. As part of the University-wide effort to ensure gender equality and diversity in higher education we submitted an application for a Bronze Athena SWAN award in April 2019 and are awaiting the results.

Our submission can be downloaded below (NB. some tables and text have been redacted in this public version to avoid identification of individuals)

Sociology Department – Bronze Athena SWAN

Action Plan

As part of the submission, we designed a four-year action plan to address some of the equality issues identified around recruitment, development and departmental culture. The departmental Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee is responsible for ensuring the realisation of the plan. This webpage will be updated termly with progress updates.

The full action plan is included as part of the submission document above, a more accessible version can be downloaded below.

Athena SWAN Action Plan

Further information

Suggestions and feedback around equality, diversity and inclusion within the Sociology department (including those relating to gender) are welcome and can be submitted anonymously online.

Any queries relating to Athena SWAN or the EDI agenda in general can be directed to the Athena SWAN departmental leads Vicky Singleton and Rachel Verrall. Staff and students who wish to join the committee, or become involved in its work please contact Rachel and Vicky.