Management School achieves Athena SWAN silver award

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Athena SWAN silver award

The University of Liverpool Management School has achieved the Athena SWAN silver award, indicating its commitment to gender equality and diversity.

Athena SWAN was established in 2005 and is a framework used across the globe.  It encourages and recognises good practices in higher education and research institutions towards the advancement of equality and diversity.

Professor Julia Balogun, Dean of the Management School, commented “The Management School is incredibly proud of this achievement, particularly as we are only the third business School in the UK to achieve the silver award.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this award and we look forward to continuing to support and advance the progression of all staff and students within the ULMS community.”

In order to qualify for the silver award, institutions must demonstrate how equality and diversity is well embedded.  They must also show strong leadership in promoting the principles of the charter and evidence of impactful Athena SWAN activities.  

Rachael Lucas, Head of Operations at the Management School, and Professor Liz Parsons, Athena SWAN Academic Lead, commented “The Athena SWAN charter has allowed us to implement some really positive changes in the School.  It is great to see that these efforts have been acknowledged and we will continue to develop more opportunities for our staff and students.”

Recent policy developments include the introduction of a “reintegration allowance” for individuals returning from maternity/shared parental/adoption leave.  The School has also implemented initiatives to improve gender balance on some of our programmes, for example, the creation of Women in Football scholarships for applicants to the Football Industries MBA programme.  

Some recent activities include:

Women in Leadership Better or Just Different? A COVID19 test case

Mind the Gap: A diversity and inclusion seminar (Passcode: 01P+an0W)