Athena Swan

Athena SWAN

The School of the Arts are currently working towards the Equality Challenge Unit's (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter for an institutional Bronze Award. Here you will find information about the work we are doing to improve gender equality within the School.

Established in 2005 the Athena SWAN Charter encourages and recognises commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Athena SWAN Principles

The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture. For more information visit ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter website.


Our Self-Assessment Team includes representatives from a wide breadth of roles, grades and levels of study within the School, including members of academic, management and professional services staff.

Leads and Co-chairs

Professor Sara Cohen

AS Academic Lead and SAT co-chair, James and Constance Alsop Chair in Music

Miss Samantha D'Arcy

AS Professional Services Lead and SAT co-chair, SotA Projects Coordinator


Dr Ekaterina Balabanova

Reader in Political Communication, Associate Dean for Research and Impact

Ms Sandy Britton

Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Professor Peter Buse

Dean of SotA

Mr Jonny Davis Le Brun 

SotA Marketing, Recruitment and Events Team

Mr Oliver Downing

University Teacher in Philosophy

Dr Laura Gow

Lecturer in Philosophy

Miss Caterina Guardamagna

Lecturer in English Language/ Linguistics

Dr Freya Jarman

Reader in Music

Mr Michael Longworth

SotA Operation Support Team Administrator

Dr Helen Thomas

SotA Marketing, Recruitment and Events Team 

Dr Yannis Tzioumakis

Reader in Film and Media Industries, Director of Postgraduate Research

Mr Steve Winterton 

Head of School Operations

Student Members

Mr Taran Harris

PGR Student in Music


Dr Giles Hooper

Music, School Strategy Lead - Data Analysis Advisor only

Invited Members

Miss Sally Middleton

Gender Equality Officer

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