AdvanceHE’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) in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL) and in professional and support roles. The rebranded charter now addresses gender equality more broadly, including issues affecting trans and non-binary staff and students.
In 2018 the Department of Archaeology received an Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality. As part of our application, the Department developed a detailed Action Plan. Our departmental Athena Swan Chair works with the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee, to implement the Action Plan.
The implementation of our Athena Swan action plan has now been transferred to the Equality & Diversity Committee. The Athena SWAN chair, currently Dr Colleen Morgan, sits on this committee and oversees issues relating to gender equality among the many other issues considered by the committee.
The establishment and maintenance of best practice on gender equality is a concern for all departmental processes and all committees work towards inclusive practice and the completion of the Athena SWAN action plan.
The department was recently awarded Bronze by the Equality Charter Unit. The successful application can be viewed here. Athena SWAN bronze application 2018 (successful) (PDF , 3,941kb)