Institute of Health & Society

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality and Diversity


We're committed to providing a good working environment for staff, following the six principles of the Athena Swan Charter.

The Athena SWAN Charter promotes gender diversity in research and academia. The programme is managed by the Equality Challenge Unit, an advocate for equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education.

The Institute of Health and Society first achieved a silver Athena SWAN award in 2011. It was renewed in November 2014.

We were the first academic department at Newcastle University to achieve this status.

This level of award particularly acknowledges significant and sustained progression and achievement in promoting gender equality.

Newcastle University was awarded the Athena SWAN silver award in 2016. This national award recognises good employment practice and the promotion of women working in science, engineering and technology.

Steering group

The members of the Institute's Athena SWAN steering group are:


Find out more about our applications for Athena SWAN awards.

Silver Award renewal, 2014

Silver Award application, 2011

Staff profiles

Find out about how our staff have been supported by the employment practices in place within IHS.


Find out about University support policies, networks and groups.

The University has a number of support policies such as maternity, career break and special sickness. Visit the Human Resources website to find out more.

Support networks

NU-Women  A forum for women to share ideas and provide mutual support for their career development.
JustAsk Support and direction for University employees. Help with stress.
Keepwell@NCL A collection of resources to contribute to wellbeing.
Carer’s Network A network for those supporting a relative, partner, child, friend or neighbour who has a disability, health condition, is frail or for other reasons.
Disabled Employees’ Network  Open to all disabled employees.
Dignity Support Help with issues of bullying and harassment.
Staff Inductions Guidelines for new staff.
HR - Parents and Carers Parents and carers family friendly policies and information.
HR - Leave and Absence Leave and sickness absence. Including maternity and paternity leave, unpaid leave, special leave and buying additional leave.
HR - Staff Benefits Information about the cycle scheme, sports facilities, childcare vouchers etc.
HR - Career Break Information and guidance about the career break scheme.

Career Development

We run workshops aimed at women who want to boost their confidence, feel motivated to achieve their work and personal goals, and be more resilient to day-to-day pressures.

The Butterfly Programme takes place over four half days. It combines practical tools and techniques with the bolstering support of a group. The programme will:

  • raise self awareness
  • increase confidence, efficacy and optimism
  • leave participants with a practical toolkit

We've found that while people have a limited capacity to learn from being taught, they have unlimited capacity to learn from experience and we will provide you with opportunities to learn from your own experiences and from the experience of others in the group.

For further information visit the Staff Development Unit website.

Further links and resources

Newcastle University has a suite of information about career development. Visit our central website for information about: