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Athena SWANN

Athena SWAN

Our commitment to gender equality

Leeds Beckett University is committed to gender equality and has been a member of the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality since June 2014.

The Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) 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. The charter recognises the work that Institutions do to address gender equality in relation to representation, student progression into academia, staff career progression and the working environment.
 
The Charter is awarded at both institutional and department level through Bronze, Silver or Gold awards. Here at Leeds Beckett, we have decided to seek recognition for the work that we do by making a submission for a Bronze award at institutional level in November this year. A Bronze award would be recognition that our University has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and for developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

Why do we want to apply for an award?

Achieving an Athena SWAN award has been found to have a hugely positive impact in relation to changing culture and attitudes, improvements in career satisfaction, creating opportunities for training and development, enhancing knowledge of promotion processes and achieving fairness in the allocation of workload. These benefits have been found to extend to men as well as women, and also to those working in administrative and technical roles.


News and Blog Posts

Introducing Athena SWAN
As part of our University's commitment to gender equality, we are aiming to achieve the Athena SWAN equality charter, which is designed to support institutions to move forward in their equality and diversity work. Here, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) Professor Andrew Slade, sets out the benefits it will bring to our University.
Leeds Beckett coaching workshops to support Britain's sporting future
Experts at Leeds Beckett University are set to support the government’s new Sporting Future strategy as they deliver workshops to national governing bodies around developing a culture of diversity and wellbeing for sport coaches. Read more here.
New research to tackle the future of English football coach education
Researchers at Leeds Beckett University have been commissioned by the English Football Association (FA) to lead a groundbreaking new three-year, £30,000, study into the experiences of women coaches, investigating how they can inform strategies to boost the numbers of coaches from under-represented groups. Read more here.
Leeds Beckett aims to get boys into healthcare

Local Leeds school boys had a hands-on introduction to health sciences at Leeds Beckett University as they attended the first annual Boys into Health day. Read more here.

Tackling discrimination in sport
Following our discrimination in sport conference in September, organiser Dr Dan Kilvington blogs about the event and why we need to keep talking about the subject. Read more here.
 
Women sports coaches close to burnout
Whilst the UK is working to develop the world’s leading sports coaching system by 2016, the system is currently highly male dominated, with women making up only 28% of the profession and very few women reach senior levels. Read more here.
Professor Claire Surr on gender equality
Professor of Dementia Studies, Claire Surr, offers her thoughts on gender equality and the benefits of our university aiming for Athena Swan status. Read more here.
Professor Colin Pattinson on gender equality
Professor Colin Pattinson, Dean of the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering, shares his thoughts on gender equality. Read more here
Professor Alan White on gender equality
In the third of our staff interviews focusing on gender equality, Professor Alan White, Professor of Men's Health in our School of Health And Community Studies, shares his thoughts. Read more here.