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Gender equality

SSHM was awarded a Gender Equality Charter Mark (GEM) Bronze Award in 2014. The GEM is the extension of Athena SWAN to arts, humanities and social sciences and contributes to promoting gender equality in the academic environment.


All GEM participants signed up to the following principles of the charter mark:

At institution and department level:

  • To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action at all levels of the organisation
  • To tackle the unequal representation of women or men requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
  • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
  • The system of short-term contracts has negative consequences for the retention and progression of staff
  • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into senior academic positions and managerial levels, which require the active consideration of the organisation
  • That employment policies, practices and procedures should actively promote gender equality
  • A broad range of work actively undertaken by staff should be recognised in their career progression and promotion.

At institution level

  • To tackle the unfair treatment often experienced by trans people requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation.

Our Action Plan can be downloaded from the link on this page.  Please note this is a long document and you may wish to review it before printing in its entirety.

Our dataset is also available on request, please email if you wish to obtain a copy.

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