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Athena Swan

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At Durham, we are building an equitable and inclusive community where everyone can thrive. We recognise that change is a long process, and that we are not yet where we would like to be.  

The Athena SWAN Charter is a strand of this work, which focuses on addressing institutional inequalities relating to gender. These include issues of representation, progression, career development, and factors of the working environment.  

Athena Swan Framework Process 

As well as holding a number of Departmental awards, in 2018 we were awarded a bronze institutional Athena SWAN award, and are working towards achieving silver. The work is led by a dedicated Athena SWAN Self-Assessment team and the implementation of a comprehensive Gender Equality Action Plan.

The Team is responsible for delivering our institutional Gender Equality Action Plan and ensuring the impact of these actions. It is chaired by the Deputy Provost and is accountable to the University Executive Committee through the Diversity Equality Action Group. This group aims to build a gender-equal institution through policies, procedures, and practices which address inequalities and support the fulfilment of strategic aims. 

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Departmental Awards

We are committed to all departments at the University holding an Athena SWAN award by 2022/23.

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