The Department of Psychology has received a Silver Award from Athena SWAN. This makes it the first academic department at Bath to gain this recognition under the revised Athena SWAN framework.

The achievement builds on the Department’s continued good work since achieving a Bronze Award. As part of the Silver application, they developed a new action plan to build on past achievements and to continue to promote gender equality.

Professor Gregory Maio, Head of the Department of Psychology, said:

We’re enormously proud of this recognition. It enables us to celebrate the progress we have made following our Bronze Award and to build on our Silver application’s thoughtful analysis of how to make further progress. It is exciting to have Athena SWAN’s support for our plans and the change they will create.

Professor Edmund Keogh, who led the Department's Self-Assessment Team, said:

This is excellent news, and reflects a sustained commitment to gender equality in the Department of Psychology. It was a team effort, and I am grateful for all the help and support received. We have developed ambitious plans and I look forward to seeing them develop.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken to advance gender equality in higher education and research. In particular, Athena SWAN addresses the under-representation of women at senior levels and in management roles in academia.

This award follows the recent Bronze Award for the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, which completed a ‘full house’ of awards across the University of Bath’s 16 academic departments.