Silver Athena Swan Award in 2021
We were delighted when the School's submission for renewal in 2021 received a Silver Athena Swan Award. In our submission, we were able to show real progress since our previous awards. Interacting with the Athena SWAN process has allowed us to carefully consider well-being, inclusion, diversity, and equality (WIDE) across all practices within the School, and we have used this opportunity to make changes that improve working conditions for all students and members of staff. Our approach to all areas of our work is underpinned by a focus on fairness and transparency: staff and students are treated equally, regardless of seniority, ethnicity, sexuality, or gender.
Since our Bronze Athena Swan award in 2017, we have implemented a series of projects to address areas of real or perceived unfairness in the School. We have reviewed staff contract types, ensuring that all colleagues have access to development and promotion opportunities.
One successful effort focused on colleagues in Grade 6 roles, most of whom were female, for whom no progression route was available. We recently secured the regrading of many of these colleagues to Grade 7 roles, with others having been provided with feedback on the necessary steps required to achieve a promotion.
We have overhauled the School's workload allocation model to ensure no individual is required to work unreasonable hours.
We have instituted an effective line management/mentoring structure, to ensure every colleague is properly supported.
Additional initiatives contributing to fairness and collegiality include reviewing how School funds and administrative support are allocated to support individuals and establishing a new sabbatical scheme with transparent eligibility criteria.
We were delighted when our efforts in these, and other areas, were recognised with a Silver Athena Swan award in 2021.