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We are a Bronze Accredited School

The School of Archaeological & Forensic Sciences are delighted to announce that we have recieved the Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation, recognising our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

The Athena SWAN self assessment team members were:

Ms Kath Bridger; Dr Jo Buckberry; Dr Lindsay Buster*; Micheal Butler; Dr Karina Croucher; Dr Shirley Curtis-Summers; Dr Adrian Evans; Dr Edward Faber*; Dr Chris Gaffney; Prof Vince Gaffney; Ms Sarah George; Dr Alex Gibson*; Dr William Hale; and Dr James Walker. (* previous member)

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to the advancement of gender equality. Originally, the charter was launched to advance the careers of women in STEM in higher education and research. In May 2015, the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law. The ten key principles which underpin the Charter can be found on the National Athena SWAN website.

Our Athena SWAN Commitment

We are committed to demonstrate a culture change within our School improving recruitment, progression and retention of female academics. We continue our work in this area embedding the ambitious activities outlined in the Athena SWAN action plan. We will begin to expand our thinking beyond gender balance considering other issues such as ethnicity, a sector wide issue in STEMM, also identified in our data.

Examples of initiatives that have been undertaken as part of the School’s Athena SWAN agenda are listed on the right:

  • A mentoring scheme for staff on maternity or adoption leave.
  • The development of an Athena SWAN website.
  • Athena SWAN activities continue to be a standing item at School and Executive Board meetings.
  • We invite inspiring women to give talks in an Athena SWAN run seminar as part of the SAFS seminar series.
  • New appointee committee working on a starter guide to enhance the induction process.

Athena SWAN feedback

School Equality and Diversity Committee

Actions already achieved in the School include establishment of the Equality and Diversity Committee (SEDC) which meets bi-monthly and works hard to implement the objectives of the action plan and leads on all Athena SWAN related issues within the School.

The SEDC is chaired by Dr William Hale. It feeds directly into the School’s executive committee and the recently launched Faculty Equality and Diversity forum.

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in speaking to our SEDC lead about what you can do to help and how you can get involved, please contact

All staff or students within the school who have any concerns or questions about the School's provisions are encouraged to get in touch.

For matters outside the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, we encourage you to visit the Equality and Diversity Unit website