Athena SWAN at SoM
The School of Management is committed to ensuring gender equality in the workplace and is currently working towards submitting for an Athena SWAN Bronze award.
The Equality Challenge Unit established the Athena SWAN Charter in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM employment in higher education and research.
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.
Click here to find out more about the Athena SWAN Charter in Swansea University.
Swansea University Staff Culture Survey
The Swansea University Staff Culture Survey is now live. This is your opportunity to have your say on workplace culture (i.e. attitudes and behaviour at work) and to be in with a chance of winning your choice of either a dedicated car parking space for a period of 6 months (you will be required to hold a valid car parking permit) or a £100 retail gift voucher.
In order for the university to keep progressing, it is vital that we understand the opinions and experiences of our most important resource, our staff. This biennial survey will be used to monitor change, especially linked to Athena SWAN, Race Equality Charter Mark and Stonewall Workplace Equality initiatives.
This survey is applicable to ALL staff and will take around 15 minutes to complete.
The deadline for completion is Friday 2nd February. Please do take the time to complete this survey as the information provided will be vital for gaining a better understanding of your experiences and perspectives in order to support and influence positive change.
Please note: this data will be held in the strictest of confidence, and responses will only be seen in a raw format by the Equality Team and myself as Chair of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. Identifiable information will not be disclosed; responses are anonymised and the findings from the survey will be presented to staff as aggregated data. No responses will be attributed to any individual.
Please go to the following link for more information and to complete the survey - https://swansea.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/swansea-university-staff-culture-survey-2018
Important dates to be aware of
There are many events and dates throughout the year that relate to the University's Athena SWAN activities, the list below details some of them that are recognised (please be aware this is not an exhaustive list!)
- Athena SWAN submission dates: 30th April, 30th November each year
- International Women’s Day: 8th March (for more information, please visit the International Womens Day website)
- Inspiring Women series: every March (to see the entries from this year, please click here)
- Ada Lovelace Day: 2nd Tuesday of every October
- Mary Williams Award: nominations open spring each year (between March and May), for more information about this please visit here)
- LGBT History Month: every February (see below for more information and events)
- Black History Month: every October
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 3rd December
- Trans Day of Visibility: 31st March
- International Men's Day: November 19th
LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month: February 2018
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month takes place every year in February, and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.
The LGBT+ Staff Network will recognise this by holding a range of events, which are open to all staff, students and visitors:
Information stalls: 1st February, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Fulton House foyer (Singleton) and Engineering Reception (Bay).
Find out more about LGBT people in history and LGBT+ equality at Swansea University at our pop-up info stalls.
LGBT Storytelling Evening: Friday 16th February, 7.30 – 10.30pm, Mozarts Swansea.
Come along to our night of LGBT themed stories, share your own story at our open mic, and listen to music by local LGBT artists. A fun, friendly evening, a chance to be entertained, and to come together to celebrate ourselves, our history, and our lives.
Film Screening of ‘Battle of the Sexes’: Tuesday 20th February, 7.30pm, Taliesin Arts Centre
The 1973 tennis match between women's World number 1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's champion and self-proclaimed sexist, Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched sports events of the decade. This film charts a significant event in LGBT history and represents the ongoing challenge of sexism in media, sports, and public life.
Combating Gender and Sexuality Stereotyping Seminar: Tuesday 27th February, 1 – 2pm, Glyndwr 231.
This thought-provoking, dynamic session raising awareness of the impact of stereotyping, and identifies simple ways to combat this in professional and personal life.
Queer Welsh History Exhibition: throughout February, National Waterfront Museum
This exhibition includes artefacts from famous (and not so famous) LGBT people connected to Swansea, and explores the lessons from our past we can carry forward into our future activism.
LGBT History Month Blog Series: throughout February, http://lgbtplusnetwork.swan.ac.uk
Featuring book, film and other media reviews, stories, reflections and reports on aspects of LGBT+ history and life, the blog series invites you to read and enjoy, learn and discover. We welcome contributions and comments.
Please drop-in to show your support and learn more about LGBT+ equality at Swansea University. I would ask all line managers to be supportive of all staff who wish to attend or support these events.
If you would like to learn more about LGBT+ issues, please visit bit.ly/LGBTSwanseaUni.
International Women's Day 2017
For International Women's Day 2017, the School celebrated this by asking staff to submit pledges along the theme #BeBoldForChange. Below are the pledges that were collected and posted onto the large screens in the School's Atrium as well as on our social media channels.
For more information about International Women's Day, visit the official website: https://internationalwomensday.com/