Published: 09 January 2020

School of Literature and Languages secures Athena Swan Bronze Award

As part of its commitment to gender equality, the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Surrey has been awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Award.

Dr. Bella Honess Roe collects Athena Swan Award
Dr Bella Honess Roe collects the Athena Swan Bronze award

The Athena SWAN Charter was launched in 2005 and recognises advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all. Initially promoting women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, 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, in May 2015. 

In a hugely impressive team effort for the award submission, many members of the School contributed to discussions in self-assessment team meetings, the gathering of data, and the writing of draft sections. Key to the project were Dr Dawn Marley, Principal Teaching Fellow in French, who managed initial preparations and Dr Bella Honess Roe, Programme Director for Film Studies, who expertly compiled, wrote and managed the final project submission throughout 2019. The Award was presented to Dr. Honess Roe in December. 

Professor Bran Nicol, Head of the School of Literature and Languages, comments: ‘The whole process was very helpful in assessing how the school works and highlighting areas where we can improve – and not all related to gender equality. We now begin the task of implementing the recommendations we specified. For now, though, congratulations again to everyone involved.’

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