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Athena SWAN

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science gained an Athena Swan Bronze Award in May 2021. The award demonstrates that the Department is strongly committed to recruit, retain and support the career of women and all staff members according to gender equality principles.

Some of the actions we have committed in our Bronze Award application include:

  • Hold department events during core hours, so as to maximise the opportunity for participation by all members of staff
  • Introduce a Workload Committee and improve transparency around workload allocation
  • Improve Performance and Development Review procedures so as to proactively discuss and support career progression and promotion opportunities

See the full details of our action plan in the appendix of our Athena Swan Bronze Award application:

Athena Swan Bronze application (PDF , 3,565kb)

The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. It was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment. In 2015, the Charter was expanded to include support given in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Read more about the Athena Swan Charter.