Since 2010, the School has been developing a portfolio of new and existing actions to improve the employment conditions and practice for all staff and students. These actions are in line with the University of Edinburgh's Equality and Diversity policy. In recognition of our commitment, the department applied for an Athena SWAN Bronze in 2016.
The document includes extensive documentation on our activities aimed at promoting and supporting women in the department. The Athena SWAN actions fall under the remit of the department's Equality and Diversity committee that consider all aspects of the departmental policy on this issue.
Athena SWAN Bronze Award
In recognition of the positive work the Business School has done to promote diversity and gender equality among staff and students, Athena SWAN granted the Business School a Bronze Award in 2017.
Valid until 2020, the honour endorses the School's continued efforts to create an open environment which supports equal career advancement for everyone.
This is a significant achievement for the School, which builds on our growing reputation as an inclusive organisation where diversity and opportunity are the cornerstones of everything we do. Earlier this year, the School was praised by the Financial Times for having the most gender-balanced and diverse programmes in its top 100 MBA ranking.Professor Wendy Loretto
Dean of the Business School
We are so delighted to have achieved the Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award. This is a great recognition for the School’s efforts and commitment to promote diversity and gender equality. I would like to express my greatest thanks to everyone in the School for your contributions towards this award.Dr Maria Michou
Coordinator, Equality and Diversity
The Equality and Diversity Committee
The Business School established a gender equality self-assessment team (SAT) in September 2013 with an increase in membership following GEM presentations to the School Executive later that year. The team spans a broad range of staff (academic and professional services), encompassing a variety of career and personal experiences and circumstances. It includes the Dean, Deputy Dean, the School Equality and Diversity Coordinator, a PhD/School Council representative and Director of Professional Services, and is thus well-placed to effect change. It is enriched by the inclusion of a representative from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) HR and the CHSS Athena SWAN Project Officer, who sits on every team to promote collaboration and sharing of best practice across the College.