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Social Sciences recognised for gender equality

22 May 2017

The School of Social Sciences (SoSS) has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its work on promoting gender equality.

The Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). In 2015, the award was extended to arts, humanities, social sciences, law and business, and to consider gender equality more broadly, not just the barriers to progression that affect women.

The Bronze Award represents the ‘planning’ level where issues are identified and actions to address these are developed. Award levels progress through to Silver (‘doing’), for evidence of the impact of actions taken and Gold, which recognises ‘sustained impact’.

Professor Chris Orme, Head of the School of Social Sciences, said: "I am delighted that SoSS has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

"The self-appraisal and action plan, that we submitted with our application, will provide vehicles for enhancing awareness of Athena SWAN, and embedding its principles, across the School.

"This will impact positively on all our staff and students, by helping us to sustain, and build on, our achievements as we strive for equality across all activities - informed by both Athena SWAN and Race Charter Mark principles."

The University of Manchester has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2008 and also currently holds a Bronze Award.

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