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Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises the work that Northumbria University has undertaken to address gender inequality.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken to address gender equality and is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, Northumbria is committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.

1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.

2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.

3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including:

•the relative under-representation of women in senior roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL)

•the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM)

4. We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.

5. We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.

6. We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.

7. We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.

8. We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.

9. We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.

10. All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.

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Northumbria University currently hold a bronze institutional award. In November 2019 we plan to submitted an institutional application and new action plan for renewal of our bronze award.  


Chair of the Athena SWAN University Self-Assessment Team

Lucy Winskell, Pro Vice Chancellor (Employability and Partnerships)


Deputy Chair of the Athena SWAN University Self-Assessment Team

Prof Rebecca Strachan, Faculty Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor


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