At the ECU Athena SWAN Awards and Psychology submits!

Dr Lisa Mooney, PVC Research and Knowledge Exchange, and Clare Matysova, Athena SWAN Project Officer, were pleased to receive the institutional Athena SWAN bronze award on behalf of UEL.

The award reflects the hard work of all those involved in Athena SWAN related work. We are still early on in the journey and now in the process of implementing the comprehensive Athena SWAN action plan​.

One of the keys areas we are working on is enabling more consistent approach to flexible employment across UEL. This includes training for line managers and teams during 2018 and promotion of good practice through gathering case studies; for example working job share, successful career progression while working part time and take up of the recently introduced Shared Parental Leave. If you would like to contribute your story, please contact

Further, now we have the institutional award, UEL’s Schools are able to make departmental applications which will enable identification and tackling gender equality issues specific to each School.

The School of Psychology have recently submitted our first departmental application in November 2017 and we expect the outcome in April 2018. Dr Sharon Cahill and Dr Caroline Edmonds are co-chairs the School’s self-assessment team and led on the submission.

Dr Caroline Edmonds said ‘the self-assessment process has enabled us to identify specific areas of improvement and to embed plans within broader School planning, both long and short term. One of the areas we are keen to start tackling is the gender imbalance in grant applications and success.’

If you would like to find out more, please contact your School Athena SWAN champion​

You may also be interested in our upcoming events:

Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour surviving and thriving in British Academia

Date: 26th January 2018

Time: Networking starts 5.30, Discussion starts 6pm

Venue: USS

HeForShe – Discussing the role of men in progressing gender equality – 20th February 2018​.

​Date: 20th February 2018​

Time: Networking starts 5.30, Discussion starts 6pm

Venue: Docklands


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