School of Psychology

Athena SWAN

In 2016, we were awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for gender equality. Find out more about our award, our action plan and the activities you can get involved in if you are a member of our faculty.

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The Charter was launched in June 2005. Any higher education institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership.

The charter has now been expanded to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. To that end, any references to gender are to be taken as inclusive of all gender identities including, for example, non-binary, fluid and trans identities.

The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • the advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine 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.

Find out more about Athena SWAN 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWAN comprises of three levels of recognition for efforts to advance gender equality: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The School of Psychology was awarded Bronze status in 2016.

See our Bronze award application

You can also see news reports about our Athena SWAN Bronze Award: 

The Self-Assessment Team

The Self-Assessment Team (SAT) consists of representatives from the School community, from professional services to faculty and students. They were responsible for compiling the application for the Bronze Award, by conducting surveys, collating and analysing data, and identifying actions to be taken.

The members of the team are: 

  • Professor Sam Cartwright-Hatton, who is chair and school representative of SAT. Professor Cartwright is also chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee (EDC)
  • Ellena Adams who is a clerical assistant
  • Professor Robin Banerjee who is deputy head of school
  • Mar Balboa Carbon who is head of school co-ordinator and secretary to SAT and EDC
  • Professor Rupert Brown
  • Reader Richard De Visser
  • Reader John Drury who is an EDC member
  • Lecturer Matthew Easterbrook
  • Professor Alan Garnham
  • Lecturer Darya Gaysina who is an EDC member
  • Cassie Hazell who is a PhD student and Associate student
  • Senior lecturer Donna Jessop who is an EDC member and lead of the part-time and flexible working networking group
  • Senior lecturer David Leavens who is an EDC member
  • Professor Tom Ormerod who is head of school 
  • Leanne Proops who is a research fellow
  • Lecturer Peggy St. Jacques who is an EDC member
  • Ellen Jo Thompson who is a PhD student and Associate student. 
The Action Plan

Our action plan focuses on six key areas.

These are: 

  • ensuring women's progression
  • balancing workloads
  • looking at networking, mentoring, and information inbalance
  • reducing salary disparities 
  • increasing flexibility in the workplace
  • promoting a safe and respectful working enviroment.

See our full Psychology Athena SWAN Action Plan

Athena Swan activities for staff 

As a member of staff you can benefit from a number of activities: 


All faculty, regardless of level or stage of career development, are entitled to receive one-to-one support from a mentor. The School of Psychology mentoring system is flexible and informal in nature, and is intended to be supportive and enabling for all involved. The overall intention is to provide a confidential and non-judgemental context for faculty to receive support, encouragement, and advice with respect to a range of issues, questions, concerns, and ambitions.

You are able to approach those who have identified themselves as willing to serve as mentors. Each mentor has created a short personal statement/message to provide some idea of their experience and expertise. Faculty are invited to read the personal profiles of each mentor and select and contact individuals who they think would be most supportive and helpful in terms of their particular interests, concerns, and/or aspirations.

Find out more more about the mentoring scheme

Flexible and part-time work 

We have a Part-Time and Flexible Working Group. This group meets at least once a term and provides an opportunity to meet informally and discuss ideas relating to part-time / flexible working. Meetings are advertised in a newsletter circulated to all faculty (the Bulletin) and via the School of Psychology twitter feed. 

Anyone who would like to discuss issues relating to part-time/flexible working and/or parental leave is also welcome to contact Donna Jessop directly to arrange a meeting by email at

See our family friendly policies

See our flexible working policy and form

Equality and Diversity Training 

Throughout the academic year, there are several courses on equality and diversity and unconcious bias. Find out more about our courses.

Our award 

Dr Darya Gaysina collects our Bronze award at the Athena SWAN ceremony in 2016:

Sir Paul Nurse presenting Athena Bronze award