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Action Plan Progress

In November 2017 we submitted an application for the renewal of our Silver Level Athena SWAN Award. The application process provided us with a framework to review and map the significant progress that we have made so far since the start of our formal Athena SWAN work. It also provided us the opportunity to plan for further improvements, with the development and submission of a 4 year Action Plan, which can be found at the end of the 2017 Athena SWAN Application. Since it’s launch in November 2017, we are working on the achievement of the targets detailed in that action plan and the implementation of initiatives that will bring about further real change to the benefit of all our staff and students.

Athena Swan 2018

Image provided by NDM Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team Chair, Philippa Matthews (2018)

In May 2020 Advance HE confirmed that Departments are able to apply for an extension to their current Athena SWAN award (for us Silver) by another year (for us from Nov 2021 to Nov 2022). The process required us to extend our current Action Plan. The updated, and extended, Action Plan can be found here.

At the completion of this current 5 year period, we will have to submit another application. Part of that application will need to include reference to how successful we have been in reaching our planned targets.It is therefore essential that we maintain a record of the progress we make across the department on our action plan against the evaluation measures. We have fantastic commitment from across the whole department to the achievement of this aim. Your Athena SWAN SAT, Working Groups, Business Managers, HR teams and the NDMS team are all working to ensure that our action plan is implemented successfully and the impact is evaluated. It is a fluid, evolving process, where we adapt our targets based on data analysis and the feedback from our staff and students. Our Action Plan is very much a live document, which we update as we progress through the review period.

For more information on how the process works please see our page on our SAT and Working Groups.

For any queries, to provide updates on work happening within your group/unit or for additional feedback please contact the NDM Athena SWAN Coordinator.