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 Mary Williams award nomination

Call for nominations: The Mary Williams Award 2018

Nominations are now open for the 5th Mary Williams Award, which aims to recognise individual contributions to the University’s culture and community through:

  • supporting the University’s equality agenda to utilise all of our talent
  • supporting the career development of colleagues and/or students with a particular focus on removing barriers that prevent development – to “lift as you climb”
  • promoting and/or providing equal opportunities for all

 For example, nominees could include:

  • an inspirational mentor who has helped to improve your confidence
  • a colleague who provides support for individuals with a particular focus on removing barriers to enable development, e.g. by enabling flexible working;
  • a team that has done an exceptional job at promoting training opportunities for all.
  • a colleague who contributes to the mainstreaming and embedding of equality, for example, how culture and attitudes have been changed to tackle the unequal representation of women or men, black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) individuals, and/or individuals with a disability etc.

The Mary Williams award is open to all staff; male and female, from academic, Professional Services, management and support roles at Swansea University.

An individual or a team can be nominated, as long as the nominee(s) have gone that extra mile to make a real difference in support of the award principles noted above.

To submit your nomination, please complete the brief nomination form found here:

The closing date for nominations is Friday 8th  June 2018.

Shortlisted nominees will be notified in July, and the winner will be honoured at a graduation ceremony in July.

For further information about the Mary Williams Award, please visit:

Athena SWAN commitments banner

Professor Marc Clement

Professor Marc Clement

We are all equal.

Everyone at the SoM should contribute to the success of the organisation.

In order to achieve the delivery of the Strategy, all staff need to be actively involved and each person has a different role to play. Through inspirational teaching of the highest quality and experience, one of our ambitions is to immerse students in an outstanding educational and support environment that will underpin a successful career.

Dr Katrina Pritchard

Dr Katrina Pritchard

I have taught and researched diversity for many years, yet in my personal experience of working in both commercial and academic environments I have often found these issues are given lip-service and difficult conversations are avoided.  I got involved in our Athena Swan activity as soon as I joined the School in January, am passionate about ensuring we build on what we do well, and want to ensure we are not afraid to highlight and address that which needs to change.

Professor Nigel O'Leary

Professor Nigel O'Leary

I have a long-standing interest in equality issues and have been an active researcher across multiple dimensions of equality for the past 20 years. Much of my early career was spent exploring the economics of discrimination based upon ethnicity, gender and disability and more recently I have also been examining the role that sexual orientation has to play. I have served upon University Committees monitoring the outcomes and position of BME employees and have published commissioned work in the public policy arena for the likes of the DfEE (providing a benchmark for the introduction of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act) and Equal Opportunities Commission (examining the barriers faced by women in senior management in Wales).

Ms. Terry Filer

Ms. Terry Filer

I fully endorse the University’s commitment to ensure equality and diversity provides opportunities for all so the best people are recruited and retained for the benefit of our students, staff and academic community.

Professor Nigel Morgan

Professor Nigel Morgan

I have a long-standing commitment to equality and diversity in academia and in society. I have written extensively on gender inequality in the academy and on the ways in which leisure practices reflect social inequalities, based on gender, disability, socio-economic status, etc. I have sat on university gender pay gap task & finish groups, Investors in People accreditation delivery teams and have held roles with significant responsibility for equality, including Head of Department, Interim Head of School and School Director of Staff Development.

Dr Jocelyn Finniear

Dr. Jocelyn Finniear

In my capacity as Deputy Director for the Business Department, I am committed to supporting staff in resolving issues, believing it is important to demonstrate compassion and empathy to colleagues.

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

Upcoming events

  • Wikipedia edit-a-thon - 28th February 2018

    Swansea University is due to run a Wikipedia edit-a -thon! Students, staff and alumni are invited to take part in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon aimed at raising the visibility of inspiring women and celebrating their achievements. No experience necessary full training on editing Wikipedia will be given. Editors are welcomed to contribute in any language – whether creating new content or translating from other languages.

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,
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

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:

International Womens Day 2017 pledge 01

International Womens Day 2017 pledge 02

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