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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. In May 2017 Leeds Beckett was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze charter from the Equality Challenge Unit.

The importance of our 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.

Athena Swan Bronze University Award Submission PDF

News and Blog Posts

Plus Icon International Women’s Day : Women in the City

In conjunction with celebrations for International Women's Day, we would like to invite you to a special event celebrating Women in the City.

Wednesday 8 March 2017, 10.30am-16:30, RB 412, Rose Bowl, City Campus
Following the event, there will be a reception from 16:30-18:00 in Portland entrance

Tickets can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-the-city-tickets-31969863723

This event is hosted by the Women and the Built Environment Research Cluster in the School of Built Environment and Engineering, and supported by the University's Gender Forum and the Equality & Diversity Team.

The event brings together talks, films, performances and exhibitions from a range of women: creative practitioners, built environment practitioners, academics and students, who share an interest in women and the city.

The day will celebrate the contribution of women as makers of the built environment, and cast a spotlight on women as inhabitants of urban spaces. It is about giving voice to the creativity and lived experiences of women in the city.

Presenters include:

  • Catherine Bertola, Artist who creates installations in response to particular sites, collections and historic contexts
  • Catherine Croft, Director of the Twentieth Century Society and Architectural Journalist
  • Claire Harbottle, Photographer, Artist and Independent Midwife
  • The Feminist Archive North, host to early feminist collections
  • Vanessa Kisuule, Poet and winner of Poetry Slam 2014

Attendance is free and all are welcome, so please pass on to colleagues, students, friends and family.

Plus Icon Award entry submitted
Leeds Beckett University has now submitted its application for the Athena SWAN Bronze charter status. Read more here.
Plus Icon 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.
Plus Icon 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.
Plus Icon 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.
Plus Icon 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.

Plus Icon 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.
Plus Icon 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.
Plus Icon 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.
Plus Icon 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
Plus Icon 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.

Athena Swan

Jan 19

Body Present Body Absent Body Balance

Live performance art from the MA Performance students from Leeds Beckett University.

Jan 22

Blubilds in Edgeland Spaces

An exhibition of drawing that lifts the lines off the page into gesture, action, cuts and folds. Drawing from static plans, diagrams, blueprints blubilds work with contradictory forces of organised linear and action drawings. The exhibition includes installation, films, documentation and drawings that contribute to the development of blubilds.

Jan 24

Leeds Fashion Network Event

This event is for early stage fashion businesses, designers, retailers, academics, creatives, business professionals and anyone who has an interest in the Fashion Industry in Leeds. The event is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Jan 28

Intramural Football Semester Two kick off - Sunday League

Sign your team up for our Intramural Football Leagues!

Jan 29

CeASR Global Inequalities Lecture- Healthy public policy-making: people, ideas, systems, and politics

Speaker Dr Patrick Harris, NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School

Jan 30

Research Keynote by Professor Michael Gratzke, Chair of UCML

Research keynote seminar on “The Future of Modern Languages Teaching and Research"

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