At Anglia Ruskin University we are committed to gender equality. We became members of Athena SWAN in December 2012 and were delighted to be awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in April 2015. We have ambitions to continue with this success by achieving Faculty Bronze awards in all five of our Faculties over the next few years, and to further build on the success of our Institutional Bronze Award.
Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the ECU (Equality Challenge Unit) in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment 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, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
As a part of our commitment to the principles laid out by the Athena SWAN Charter we are exploring avenues to enhance our culture and to develop our policies and practices to further promote gender equality throughout our University. We are doing this in a number of ways, through our:
Athena SWAN not only covers gender equality for staff, but also for students. At Anglia Ruskin University this is very important to us and we are dedicated to breaking down any existing barriers for our students, particularly in areas of underrepresentation of women in STEMM areas, as well as subsequent career progression of women into an academic career in these areas.
The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, we are committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.
The University Athena Swan Committee comprises representatives from within our five Faculties and at an institutional-level from within our student, staff and academic service teams. The committee is responsible for the oversight of all Athena SWAN related activity and for ensuring that gender equality remains at the top of our University’s agenda.
Anika Bloomfield - Athena SWAN Coordinator, Human Resources Services
Dr Tim Brooks - Research Policy and REF Manager
Dr Rachel Cook (Institutional Athena SWAN Lead) - Faculty of Science & Technology
Rachael Cornwall - Head of Talent Management, Human Resources Services
Dr Sunrita Dhar-Bhattacharjee - Lecturer, Lord Ashcroft International Business School
Jeffrey Grierson - Professor of Health and Social Care, Faculty of Health Social Care and Education
Hannah Hunt - Equality and Diversity Manager, Student Services
Kez Latham - Reader, Faculty of Science & Technology
Nina Lubbren - Deputy Head of Department ECFM; Acting Course Group Leader Communication, Film and Media; Principal Lecturer in Film Studies, Faculty of Arts Law and Social Sciences
Aston McGregor - Assistant Director and Head of Strategic Planning Unit
Francesca Panin - Lecturer in Healthcare Science, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Professor Helen Valentine - Deputy Vice Chancellor
Alan White - Director of the Doctoral School, RDCS
If you would like further information about Athena SWAN at Anglia Ruskin University, please contact our Athena SWAN Coordinator - Anika Bloomfield (email@example.com).
We are always keen to improve on practices and processes, so if you have any comments or ideas we are keen to hear from you.