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At the University of Hull we are committed to the
principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and strive for equality in
all aspects of our life within the University community and within
all groups and people that study, work and enjoy our
The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Athena SWAN
principles form the basis of the charter. They relate to the May
2015 criteria and process.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to
recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences,
business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles,
and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work
undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just
barriers to progression that affect women.
The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key
principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are
committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles
within their policies, practices, action plans and culture.
1. We acknowledge that
academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from
the talents of all.
2. We commit to
advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing
the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of
women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
3. We commit to
addressing unequal gender representation across academic
disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we
recognise disciplinary differences including:
- the relative underrepresentation of women in
senior roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law
- the particularly high loss rate of
women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine
4. We commit to tackling
the gender pay gap.
5. We commit to removing
the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of
career development and progression including the transition from
PhD into a sustainable academic career.
6. We commit to
addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts
for the retention and progression of staff in academia,
7. We commit to tackling
the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
8. We acknowledge that
advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all
levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from
those in senior roles.
9. We commit to making
and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to
advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions
that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance
10. All individuals have
identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to
considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever
For further information on the University’s commitment or work
supporting Athena SWAN please contact the secretary of the
University Athena SWAN Steering Group – Patrick John (email@example.com).
HR Excellence in Research Award
Vitae, the national organisation with responsibility for
supporting researcher development, has announced that the
University of Hull has been successful in retaining the European
Commission HR Excellence in Research Award.
A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA Code of Practice for
Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career
Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the
European Commission's 'HR excellence in research' badge,
acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter
for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment'.