Athena SWAN in the School of Human and Health Sciences

Athena Swan Charter

The Equality Challenges Unit (ECU)’s Athena SWAN Charter established in 2005 encourages and recognises commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. In May 2015, the Charter expanded to recognise women in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), women in professional and support roles, and trans* staff and students. The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly and is concerned with women’s representation in higher education, the progression of female students into academia, women’s journeys through their career and career progression, and the working environment for staff. The Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are committing to adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture.

 Athena SWAN grants bronze, silver and gold awards to institutions who can demonstrate increasing levels of good practice in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in higher education. The University of Huddersfield was granted a bronze Athena SWAN award in April 2015 (link to the application).

Schools, including the School of Human and Health Sciences (HHS), are now submitting individual applications for bronze awards. The HHS Athena SWAN panel, led by Dr Sarah Kendal (for the Department of Health Sciences) and Dr Grainne McMahon (for the Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences), is preparing to submit the HHS application in November 2016.


The HHS Athena SWAN panel

The HHS panel also invites more members (including full-time and part-time staff, temporary and permanent staff, staff from all grades, and support staff). If you would like to be part of the panel and application, please send a short expression of interest to Sarah ( and Grainne ( 

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