School of Marine Science and Technology

Equality and Diversity

Athena Swan

Athena SWAN is the method by which the Equality Challenge Unit encourages academic institutions to address diversity in the workplace. 

Universities and departments (or schools) can bid for a charter mark (bronze, silver or gold) that recognises a commitment to tackling diversity issues.

MaST was awarded the bronze charter mark in 2015.

We analysed current performance against the charter's aims and proposed a detailed action plan to address problems. We are committed to making progress with equality and diversity in both Newcastle and Singapore.

Our bid recognised that a culture change was needed. The implementation of the plan aims to achieve this by devolving actions to our most appropriate management committee, rather than the Athena SWAN team alone. 

The aim is to involve as many people within the school as possible in the implementation. For this reason, the school’s Athena SWAN Committee (Self Assessment Team) is made up of representatives from the main committees, as well as others.

The SAT team is as follows:

Team Member


Dr Jane Delany

Marine Science champion

Dr Maryam Haroutunian

Marine Technology champion

Dr Yongchang Pu

Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching / Board of Studies representative

Mr Kieron Fallows

Technician representative

Mrs Jayne Masterson

SAT Secretary and Champion of family friendly policies

Dr Ivan Tam

SAT representative for Singapore Campus

Miss Ralitsa Mihaylova

PhD representative for student experience

Ms Annie Ivison

Taught programme representative for student experience

Dr Narakorn Srinil

School Research and Innovation Committee Representative

Dr Alan Jamieson

SAT Coordinator 

Professor Andrew Willmott

SAT Chair and Head of School

Mrs Christine Wright

School Management Representative


Find out more about the Athena SWAN Charter.

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