School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN

We are committed to providing a fair, supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and student community. In April 2017, we received an Athena SWAN Silver Award


AFRD is committed to equality of opportunity and a positive working environment for all staff and students.  We are delighted to have achieved an Athena SWAN Silver Award in the April 2017 assessment round; the first silver award in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. 

“A diverse workforce and student body will be key to our future success.  The silver award demonstrates how much progress and impact we have already made in ensuring best practice in our recruitment, retention and promotion policies and in supporting the aspirations of those we teach.  It provides a great platform for further progress in the future in ensuring that opportunities are open to everyone and all are enabled to fulfil their potential.”
HoS Prof Rob Edwards

The School’s Equality and Diversity Committee is committed to

  • delivering the departmental Silver Award Action Plan (submitted under the Athena SWAN post-2015 expanded charter)
  • reviewing and recommending best practice in School policies and procedures relating to equality and diversity in all aspects of School activities

Equality and Diversity Committee

  • Sharron Kuznesof (Chair)
  • Sarah Levison (PSS AS Lead and Acting School Manager)
  • Gabby Vallons (Reporting Secretary)
  • Helen Adamson (T&S Representative, Senior Tutor)
  • Andrew Beard (Director of Student Experience, Learning and Teaching)
  • Melissa Brazier-Hicks (RA representative)
  • Abdul Chaudhry (Mid-career lecturer representative)
  • Beth Clark (PGR Representative)
  • Cath Douglas (Lecturer Representative (part/time)
  • Jeremy Franks (Director of Postgraduate Taught students)
  • Guy Garrod (Acting Head of School)
  • Menelaos Gkartzios (Mid-career lecturer representative)
  • Steve Hall (IAFRI representative)
  • Katie Hardy (Outreach)
  • Carmen Hubbard (Mid-Career Representative)
  • Roy Lamb (Technician Representative)
  • Anne Liddon (Communications Adviser)
  • Jeremy Phillipson (Director of School Research)
  • Amy Proctor (RA Representative)


Athena Swan Silver Award


Athena Swan Silver Award

Case Studies

Cath is the Degree Programme Director in Joint Honours Science and Lecturer in Animal Science in the School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development. An animal welfare behaviourist by training, she joined the School in 2007. Catherine has a young family and in 2011, after her second maternity leave, she was able to return to work on a half-time contract. In 2012 she moved onto a short-term 0.6 FTE contact as a Teaching Fellow and in 2015 was promoted to a permanent lecturing post, with the added responsibilities of Degree Programme Director. Read more about Catherine Douglas

Steve is currently the Institute Implementation Manager for the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI). He sums up his career to date with enthusiasm: “Working here has been a wonderful experience because the School has always believed in me and taken me seriously, even when I was a very junior IT technician.  I’ve always been given the opportunity to prove myself and the freedom to try things. I hope I’ve paid back that confidence in me.” Read more about Steve Hall

Beth Clark is in the second year of her PhD, researching evidence synthesis methods used for investigating consumer behaviour.  She completed her MSc in Food Marketing at Newcastle in 2012 and then went to work for a local food business, marketing their two in house brands. Read more about Beth Clark

 Kate McGill’s two children were only one and three years old when she was appointed to the demanding post of School Manager in Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Read more about Kate McGill


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