Athena Swan Award for DSPI brings number across the Division to 13

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI) has been recognised for its dedication to gender equality with a Bronze Athena Swan Award. Run by Advance HE, the Athena Swan Charter is a framework used worldwide to support and transform gender equality in higher education (HE) and research.

This brings the number of Athena Sward Awards among the Social Sciences Division’s fifteen departments and cross-divisional units to a total of thirteen, with Bronze awarded to twelve of those departments and Silver for the School of Geography and the Environment.

Professor Nandini Gooptu, Associate Head of Division (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) for the Social Sciences Division said, “We are delighted that the Department of Social Policy and Intervention has become the thirteenth department in the Social Sciences division to receive an Athena Swan award, in recognition of their work to advance gender equality.  We particularly welcome the Department’s focus on inclusivity, and the creation of a working environment in which there is equality of opportunity across gender and race.”

Professor Jane Barlow, Head of Department at DSPI said, "I am delighted that our Athena Swan submission for the Bronze Award has been successful. I want to say a very big thank you to our project lead Karl Eligado. We have set ambitious goals for the next five years, and I'm confident this agenda will strengthen our department in many ways. The key drivers for the Bronze Athena Swan Award include initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality in recruitment and career progression, fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment, and implementing policies to address gender pay gaps and work-life balance issues."