The University of Huddersfield was notified of achieving Bronze Athena SWAN status on 1st October 2015.

The University’s Athena SWAN Programme currently consists of two central areas - implementation of a Bronze Action Plan and Athena SWAN Panel.

Implementation of the Bronze Action Plan

The action plan contained within our Bronze Award submission outlines how we are addressing the identified barriers to mainstreaming the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter:

The University Athena SWAN Panel coordinates and monitors the implementation of the action plan in line with agreed milestones.

The Athena SWAN Panel (self-assessment group)

The Athena SWAN Panel began its self-assessment activities in 2012, culminating in the application for an Institutional Bronze Award in April 2015. The Panel provides leadership and support to the University’s work programme around Athena SWAN. The senior self-assessment group leaders are:

Athena Swan panel members



Computing and Engineering 

Violeta Holmes 

John Allport

Education and Professional Development 

Helen Jones

Tracy Wood

Business School 

Andrew Jenkins


Art, Design and Architecture (self-assessment panel)

Mike Chadwick, Patricia Tzortzopoulos 

Sheila Furmedge

Human and Health Sciences

Brid Featherstone

Paul Bissell

Applied Sciences

Jane Owen-Lynch


Music Humanities and Media

Dave Calvert

Laura Breen 

Student Services

Matt Mills


Marketing and Communications

Sarah Buchanan


Research and Enterprise

Tracy Turner  

Human Resources

Ruth Sivori  Olivia Briddon

The terms of reference of the University Athena SWAN Panel are:

  1. To undertake the Athena SWAN self-assessment process in a rigorous and thorough manner
  2. To review equality related data and to influence and encourage varied methods of collection
  3. To consult with staff both qualitatively and quantitatively
  4. To identify issues in relation to gender equality and develop action plans, and to guide Schools to create their own
  5. To monitor and review progress with action plans ensuring continuous improvement with advancing women’s careers in STEMM and non-STEMM subject areas and equality and diversity within the university as a whole
  6. To meet at least 3 times per year
  7. To provide input to and prepare annual statements of progress to University Senate
  8. To engage in a two way dialogue with URC & UTLC
  9. To engage in a two way dialogue with School Boards
  10. To support the preparation of submissions for Athena SWAN awards and renewals

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