Athena Swan within the School of Health Professions

The Athena SWAN Charter is a national initiative that recognises commitment to advancing women's representation, and tackling gender inequality in higher education and research. Originally designed to target improvement for women within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) subjects and senior positions, it has now been extended to include arts, humanities, social science, business and law (AHSSBL), as well as professional and support staff roles, and for trans staff and students. As part of its commitment to Equality and Diversity, the University of Plymouth is a founder member of the charter.

The School of Health Professions aims to champion and support a culture of participation and inclusivity, and to communicate and raise awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion. Our Athena Swan Self Assessment team (SAT) discusses, implements, promotes and monitors school level actions aimed at improving the working and learning environment for academics, professional services staff and students.

The School of Health Professions achieved Bronze Athena SWAN status in November 2017 after an intensive self-assessment by our Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) led by Dr Catriona Hamer. The SAT now meets regularly to work on the action plan to achieve gender equity within the school and effect a wider cultural change across the respective professions.

The 2017 application was commended by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) as demonstrating a thorough self-assessment process which identified many key issues and actions planned accordingly. The ECU particularly commended the very honest and transparent use of qualitative data throughout. View our submission and action plan.

If you would like to know more about Athena SWAN work in the School of Health Professions email the current SAT chair, Dr Sally Abey or the deputy chair Krithika Anil.

Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team