Newcastle University Business School

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Business School awarded for commitment to gender equality

Newcastle University Business School has successfully gained the coveted Athena SWAN Bronze award for its work in support of gender equality.

The award means the Business School joins more than a dozen schools and departments across the University recognised for their efforts to develop an inclusive culture for all staff and places the School in an elite group of Business Schools.

The Business School is advancing equality and diversity in a number of ways. Following the increase in women Professors, the School’s Executive Board now comprises a 50/50 gender split illustrating the advancement of women into senior positions. In 2018 the School introduced an MBA scholarship for an exceptional aspiring female leader who also receives mentoring directly from the Director of School. The School also recently led a national workshop in collaboration with the Chartered Association of Business Schools on using learning develop gender inclusivity.

Professor Sharon Mavin, Director, Newcastle University Business School, said: “As the new Director of Newcastle University Business School and first woman to hold this position, I am delighted that the Business School has been recognised for its commitment to this important agenda. This award is a reflection of our commitment to addressing gender equality and to advancing women colleagues and students’ career progression.”

In 2016, the University as a whole became only the ninth university in the country to attain a silver award.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) in 2005 to advance the careers of women working in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. It was recently expanded to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law.

Athena Swan Bronze Award

published on: 29 October 2018