Equity & Diversity in Science: Lessons from Athena SWAN by Professor Hazel Hall

Professor Hazel Hall is the Athena SWAN Champion at Edinburgh Napier University. She spoke with SAGE about how her team achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award on their first attempt in November 2014. An Athena SWAN Bronze Award recognises that an institution has started substantial work to eliminate gender bias and that it is working to create an inclusive culture for all. To apply for an Award, institutions must collect and analyse gender equity data; consult with staff and students on their findings; and recommend a four-year action plan to target gender equity and diversity issues arising from their work.

Professor Hall, who is Professor in the School of Computing, spoke about the composition of her Self-Assessment Team (SAT), and the challenges they faced collecting and analysing gender equity and diversity data. She also discussed how the SAT developed their action plan with input from staff across their institution. She also took questions from our audience live on social media.


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Webinar: Lessons from a First Time Athena SWAN Bronze Application – Professor Hazel Hall

Webinar: Lessons from a First Time Athena SWAN Bronze Application – Professor Hazel Hall

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) is running a Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia. Athena SWAN is an evaluation and accreditation program that has shown tremendous success enhancing gender equity and diversity in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, especially focusing on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

SAGE will interview Professor Hazel Hall, Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team Leader for Edinburgh Napier University about her institution’s experiences in the Athena SWAN program.  Read more