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January
2024
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University awarded Silver Athena Swan

The University of Manchester has been awarded a Silver Athena Swan award. A Silver award recognises advancement of gender equality and our work to embed inclusivity across the University.

The Athena Swan Charter supports universities in addressing gender inequalities and helps foster greater inclusivity for students and staff in all disciplines and roles, irrespective of sex and gender identity. 

This Silver award recognises the progress and impact made towards gender equality and endorses future university plans that will help  overcome remaining challenges and embed inclusivity for all people across the University. 

Our Athena Swan application was based on a critical self-assessment of existing circumstances, what has worked, what has been less successful, and what steps are now needed to take to achieve gender equality.  

Despite making significant progress, we have not achieved gender equality across our organisation. We know positive impacts don’t reach everyone and that gendered issues persist. We are also aware that there is a need for balance in considering issues specific to different characteristics and we are committed to taking an intersectional approach.

Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility

Evidence was gathered through surveys and conversations with people from across the University and wider community. Thorough student and staff data analysis was also conducted. These steps are vital to a community-led approach to gender equality and to ensure that Athena Swan is an effective mechanism for meaningful change. 

A progressive action plan has been co-created with the university community and is aligned with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy. The wider community will be consulted throughout a five- year action plan so that ongoing gender equality challenges are addressed whilst also being watchful for emerging issues.   

Nalin Thakkar, Vice President for Social Responsibility  said: “Despite making significant progress, we have not achieved gender equality across our organisation. We know positive impacts don’t reach everyone and that gendered issues persist. We are also aware that there is a need for balance in considering issues specific to different characteristics and we are committed to taking an intersectional approach.

“We are looking forward to continuing to work together to achieve our equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions.”

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