Edge Hill University's Faculty of Education has received the Athena Swan Bronze Award for its commitment to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research.
The university says the bronze award reflects the faculty’s strong track record in championing gender equality, which it will now take forward to identify areas for positive action and share good practice.
The Athena Swan Charter is a global initiative that aims to transform gender equality across the higher education sector, and since its launch in 2005, the Charter has expanded to address gender equality more broadly and not only barriers that affect women.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Education Dr Jane Moore said: “This is a wonderful milestone for the Faculty to be recognised for its collective effort and commitment to supporting gender equality for all teachers and pupils. Securing the bronze Athena Swan award will help us to continue to build on this success and strengthen our commitment to increasing diversity over the next five years.”
Edge Hill's achievement marks the fifth departmental award granted to the university, with the departments of Psychology, Computer Science and the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine and Sport and Physical Activity all achieving bronze status over the past three years as well.
The university as a whole gained its institutional bronze Athena Swan award in 2015, which was renewed in 2019, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all.
Athena Swan awards are conferred by Advance HE, which works closely with colleges and universities to try to ensure that staff and students are not unfairly excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged because of age, disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity status, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, or through any combination of these characteristics or other unfair treatment.
Edge Hill University has developed its equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) agenda over the past 12 months and has recently published its new EDI Strategy, which outlines the University’s commitment to promoting EDI over the next five years, following the commissioning of Advanced HE’s research team to conduct a bespoke review of its policies.