In May, the University was awarded the charter from the Equality Challenge Unit. Katrina Tilbrook Equality and Diversity Manager, Dr Nassos Bissas from the Carnegie School of Sport and Pam Flynn, Head of HR Strategy and Policy, all from the University’s Athena SWAN steering group, received the award at a ceremony held in the great hall at Imperial College London on Wednesday 19 July.
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 by the Equality Challenge Unit and is awarded to organisations for their commitment to, and progress on, gender equality. The submission complements the University’s Strategic Plan, in particular, the aim of achieving ‘leading research and academic enterprise’.
The University was commended for the level of commitment at senior level and support of the Aurora development programme as well as for setting challenging targets in our action plan.
The institutional award now enables schools to review gender equality and practice at local level in support of their own future submissions. Five academic schools are currently pursuing the charter – Clinical and Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, Cultural Studies, Events, Hospitality & Tourism and Leeds Law School.
Benefits of charter status include changing culture and attitudes, improvements to career satisfaction, creating opportunities for training and development, enhancing knowledge of promotion processes and achieving fairness in the allocation of workload. These benefits extend to men as well as those working in technical and administrative roles.
For more information about Leeds Beckett’s commitment to gender equality, please visit the Athena SWAN page.
For more information about the Athena SWAN charter, visit the Equality Challenge Unit website.