Athena SWAN: Equality and Diversity

New Chair

In the autumn of 2017 we were sad to say goodbye to Fiona Dobbie as Chair of the Faculty’s Athena SWAN Group, although she’s still involved in many of the group’s activities and continuing the great work she has led on over the last couple of years. Naomi Brooks, Senior Lecturer, took up the Chair position in December 2017 and will work with Tony Robertson (Deputy Chair) and the team, with a focus on submitting our Bronze Renewal application in November 2018.  So congrats to Naomi on the new role and massive thanks to Fiona!

New Co-Chairs for Awareness-Raising Working Group

The lead for our Awareness Raising Group (Working Group 7) has been taken by Sheryl Sproule and Lynne Black. 

In addition to organising a recent awareness-raising event and launching the Athena SWAN Twitter account this autumn the Working Group will be looking for ways to promote the Faculty’s Athena SWAN work and to maximise awareness of the benefits of Athena SWAN recognition.

Interest from colleagues for involvement generally or for specific activities is welcomed. 

Please contact Fiona Dobbie ( if you would like to get involved or find out more about our action plan and activities.

November 2016

International Men's Day

IMD logoOn 16 November the Faculty helped celebrate International Men's Day.

The Faculty's Athena SWAN group hosted the event, where seven staff members presented examples of their research for and/or about men and boys' health and wellbeing. We also held a health MOT where people could get a five minute health screen.

The event was attended by over 30 people, with 20 people taking part in the health MOTs. Thanks to all those who contributed and came along on the day.

Further info about this event can be found here.

Twitter account launched

The Faculty launched a dedicated Athena SWAN Twitter account in August 2016. This will help us to share our work and share stories which inspire us.  Our user ID is @StirFHSS_Athena and our account is name is LevelPlayingFields.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award presentation

Athena SWAN Bronze Presentation‌Following the University successfully achieving an Institutional Bronze award in 2013, the School submitted its application for Athena SWAN in April 2015. This was successful and the Chair, Fiona Dobbie, collected our award in December 2015.

The focus for the team is to press on with implementing the action plan to promote equality and apply for our Silver award in the future.

Please contact Fiona Dobbie ( if you are interested in joining the group or want to know more about Athena SWAN. 

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