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We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN silver award.

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Inclusivity and Athena SWAN in Psychology

We are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for everyone working in Psychology, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We are enacting a number of initiatives designed to promote equality and inclusivity. For example:

  • Producing videos of academic staff at different career stages to provide role models for staff and students to go on our web page.
  • Holding promotion workshops, which provide more detailed information to staff about the criteria and processes required for promotion.
  • Involving more junior women on interview panels so that there is a greater gender mix on interview panels
  • Conducting early career researcher focus groups to communicate and engage with ECRs and the issues that are important to them
  • Encouraging staff to use the post-it notice board to identify issues pertinent to staff members within the department

Gender research in Psychology

Athena SWAN

We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN silver award.

Typically, within the Higher education sector, women are underrepresented at senior levels within STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) subjects, and unfortunately Psychology is no exception.

Athena SWAN is a charter which recognises organisational good practice that contributes toward the advancement of women in STEMM.

Its founding principles are:

  • The advancement of Science, Engineering and Technology is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
  • Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.

The University is a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has held a Bronze institutional award since November 2011. All departments at Exeter are committed to holding an Athena SWAN award.

In Psychology, we are committed to promoting gender equality throughout the department. We believe that, in order to maximise the progression of our science, we need to harness the talent of the best and the brightest. This starts with providing equal opportunities for men and women so that our pool of talent is as inclusive as possible.

Whilst in Psychology we have a majority female student population, it is clear that there are key ‘drop off’ stages that result in women being underrepresented at more senior levels. In Psychology, more than most disciplines perhaps, the drop off in female representation is most stark.

Over the past four years we have taken a range of positive actions to improve the working environment and paths to career progression for everyone in Psychology.

Some of our key initiatives have included:

  • the introduction of deputy senior leadership positions,
  • the appointment of a Director of Post-Doctoral Research,
  • the introduction of a Promotion Roles and Committee’s (PRAC) panel to consider all staff and identify candidates for promotion and management roles within the Department.

Staff and students discuss Athena SWAN in Psychology

Working towards a career in academia

Professor Michelle Ryan

Dr Safi Darden

Dr Dale Weston

Michael Kings

Kat Steentjes