The Athena SWAN charter accredits institutions and their departments, in recognition of their commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. Its founding principles are:
- The advancement of Science, Engineering and Technology is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
- It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
- Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
The University is a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has held a Bronze institutional award since November 2011. All departments at Exeter are committed to holding an Athena SWAN award. The Bronze Award recognises a department or institution’s achievements in progressing gender equality with their organisation, together with a commitment to future improvement. An Athena SWAN Silver award is granted in recognition of the positive impact of actions that a department or institute has undertaken to encourage the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in their organisation. We are delighted that all five CLES departments have achieved Bronze or Silver status, and they are all working towards their Silver. You can view our awards and applications below.
|CLES Department||Award Level||Date Awarded||Application|
|Biosciences (Streatham)||Bronze||April 2015||View Biosciences' Athena SWAN application here|
|Geography (Streatham)||Bronze||April 2015||View Geography's Athena SWAN application here|
|Sport and Health Sciences||Silver||April 2014||View Sport and Health Sciences Athena SWAN application here|
|Psychology||Bronze||November 2014||View Psychology's Bronze Athena SWAN application here|
|Psychology||Silver||November 2015||View Psychology's Silver Athena SWAN application here|
|CLES Cornwall||Silver||November 2014
(Renewed November 2018)
|View CLES Cornwall's Silver Athena SWAN application here|
The CLES Athena SWAN Discipline Leads chair each of the CLES Department's working groups which work towards achieving an Athena SWAN Accreditation, as well as addressing other equality, diversity, and inclusivity concerns within their departments.
|Discipline||Contact||Departmental Working Group Name|
|Geography (Streatham)||Professor Jo Little||Geography's Equality and Diversity Committee|
|Biosciences (Streatham)||Dr Andrew Griffiths||Biosciences Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee|
|Sports and Health Sciences||Dr Sharon Dixon and Garrick Taylor||SHS Athena SWAN Working Group|
|Psychology||Dr Safi Darden and Dr Joseph Sweetman||Psychology Athena SWAN Working Group|
|CLES Cornwall||Professor Annette Broderick||CLES Cornwall Athena SWAN Working Group|
|Equality Diversity Inclusion Advisor||Beth Pitcher||Supports the CLES Cornwall Athena SWAN Working Group|
CLES Inclusivity Representative:
Dr Sharon Dixon is the new CLES Inclusivity Representative (appointed July 2016), and will be acting as the main point of contact for inclusivity concerns across CLES, feeding these back at the termly University Inclusivity meeting.
CLES Equality and Diversity Representatives
|Biosciences (Streatham)||Dagmara Kolak|
|Biosciences (Streatham)||Eduarda Santos|
|Biosciences (Streatham)||Andrew Griffiths|
|Geography (Streatham)||Ian Cook|
|Sport and Health Sciences||Sharon Dixon|
|CLES Cornwall||Gail Reeves|
You can find out more about equality and diversity representatives roles and the representatives for other colleges.
The University is committed to supporting its staff and students. Please see the links below for relevant policies, support or training opportunities:
- Aurora: Leadership development
- Bullying/Harassment (Reporting)
- Career Development
- Care first - Employee Assistance Programme (counselling, information and advice)
- Dignity and Respect: The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment where students and staff can work and study free from discrimination and harassment. The Dignity and Respect pages are provided by Equality and Diversity.
- Equality and Diversity Team
- Equality and Diversity Training
- Equality Groups including the Gender Equality Group
- Family Friendly
- Flexible working
- Occupational Health
- Parents and Carers
- Professorial Women's Network: - an informal cross-disciplinary network to promote professional and social interactions among women professors.
- Research Toolkit
- Researcher-led initiative grants
- Research Services - Information on funding, seminars and events for research staff
- Women in HE
- Working here
- CLES Management Guidelines for the support of staff taking up maternity, paternity / maternity support, adoption, shared parental and parental leave, and carers taking up flexible working opportunities (reviewed Jan 2016)
- Report on the Streatham Geography Athena SWAN Staff Survey 2015 (.pdf)
- Working Practices Policy
- Career Zone - for information on workshops, volunteering, jobs and career planning.
- Mentoring for students
- The ‘Exepert’ Scheme
- Become a Student ambassador
- Please see the Student Support website for links to information and support for exams, accommodation, wellbeing and skills development.
- Sprint Personal Development Programme
- Student support for the Cornwall campus
Signing up to the following mailing lists is useful for keeping up to date with current research, events, best practice and policies relating to Equality and Diversity and Athena SWAN.
Athena SWAN JISC mailing list
The Athena SWAN’s JISC mailing list is useful for both learning from and informing individuals and institutions involved in the Athena SWAN Process about the research, events, and initiatives your Department and/or your Institution has been involved in. You can subscribe via emailing the Athena SWAN team.
The Equality Challenge Unit’s Equality Link newsletter: Equalitylink - This is a monthly round-up of equality and diversity news, resources and ECU’s work with the sector. You can subscribe here.
For Geographers, you can also sign up to the Geographer’s Athena SWAN Jisc mailing list. You can subscribe here.
Subscribing to the Gov.UK Equality Policy email alerts gives you regular updates to national changes in policy and information on ‘what the government’s doing about equality’. You can subscribe here.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE):
Sign up to getSET, the monthly newsletter from WISE.
Newsletters and Blogs:
- University of Exeter Athena SWAN website
- Women in STEM: four steps to a stronger Athena Swan application (Guardian)
CLES guidelines for the support of staff taking maternity, maternity support/paternity, adoption, parental or carer related leave:
- CLES Management Guidelines for the support of staff taking up leave and flexible working opportunities
Psychology Athena SWAN Guidelines for the arrangement of pop-up nurseries for events outside of core hours
Creating Cultural Change:
Gender equality in STEM articles:
- 6 steps to gender equality (short free e-book)
- How to get more women professors: success at the top of the world!
- Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favour male students
- Attrition of Women in the Biological Sciences: Workload, Motherhood, and Other Explanations Revisited
- 5 suggestions to the Norwegian government about women professors
- Addressing gender imbalances in Animal Conservation
- 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
- Male Bosses Need to Speak Up for Gender Balance
- Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried
- The chemistry PhD: the impact on women’s retention
- Advancing Women in Science and Technology is Critical for Innovation
Rethinking Language and Visual Representations
Gender in Recruitment
- Evidence that gendered wording in job advertisements exists and sustains gender inequality
- How to diversity recruitment: including using Texico software and the Kat Matfield Gender Decoder
The 'One Step Beyond' Mentoring Scheme is a cross-College scheme, open to both research and academic staff in College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) and College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS). Participating in the scheme is an entirely voluntary, but formal, arrangement whereby an experienced individual, outside the reporting relationship, holds either one-off or regular meetings to support the development of a less experienced member of staff.
Mentees can approach a mentor directly utilising the online mentor database or be matched with a mentor. All mentoring relationships are established through liaison with the mentor, for a frequency and duration which suits both individuals. Our members can also post questions or requests for mentoring about a range of or specific issue(s) in an online forum, which all members of the scheme: mentors and mentees, can view and respond to. Read more »