At the Surrey Business School our Athena Swan Bronze award demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality of working life for all staff and creating a fully inclusive culture.

Equality at Surrey Business School

We were delighted to be awarded our first Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2020 and have since launched our Athena Swan Implementation Team: Values in Action (ViA). The team will be ensuring delivery of the values and action plan outlined in our Athena SWAN submission.

About the Athena Swan Charter

The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Athena Swan Charter:

  • Helps institutions achieve their gender equality objectives
  • Assists institutions to meet equality legislation requirements, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research councils
  • Uses a targeted self-assessment framework to support applicants identify areas for positive action, as well as recognise and share good practices
  • Supports the promotion of inclusive working practices that can increase retention of valued academics and professional and support staff, demonstrating an institution’s commitment to an equitable working environment.


  • 15th September 2020 ViA team was launched. 15 pioneering staff members who all joined voluntarily and two student members representing the students voice, particularly from a diverse background.
  • Athena SWAN staff survey launched in September 2021.  We received 89 responses out of 122. This is an excellent response (73%). Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Your views and responses will be considered and continue to guide our Values in Action activities. 
  • 2nd March 2022 ViA team first Away Day took place in Multi faith Centre at the University of Surrey.  This is the first face to face meeting after Covid restrictions. 
Treating staff equally and providing an equality of opportunity are essential elements of the way we work in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and I look forward to Athena Swan recognising this across the rest of the faculty.

Meet the team

ViA has pioneering staff members who all joined voluntarily and student members representing the students voice, particularly from a diverse background.

Debbie Burns-Pegler

Lecturer in Business & Employment Law

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Dr Nima Heirati

Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Deputy Head of Department

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Dr Yanfei Hu

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sustainability & Innovation; Co-Director, Centre for Social Innovation Management; Principle Investigator, ESRC-funded large international project "Cultural Entrepreneurship in Vegan Meat Markets"

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Dr Rose Martin

Lecturer in Organisational Psychology

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Laurie O'Broin

Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader: BSc Business Management - Level 5

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Professor Sarmistha Pal

Chair in Financial Economics

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Professor Steve Wood

Dean of Surrey Business School and Professor of Retail Marketing and Management

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Professor Carol Woodhams

Professor of Human Resource Management

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Dr Yuyan Zheng

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Psychology/Organisation Studies

Professional Services:

Abi Bradbeer
Natasha Martin
Catriona Morgan
Veena Pratap
Anna Armstrong

Student representatives:

Ijeoma Ukandu
Eve Krizovnik