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Initiatives and Recognition

Initiatives and Recognition

About our accreditations

The University of Exeter is very proud of our successes, awards and accreditations.

They provide a rigorous and independent assessment of our position, and give us a measure of the impact of our initiatives and an understanding of the challenges we face in creating the most inclusive community we can be.

The Business School is committed to supporting students and staff to work and study in an environment that promotes equality.

Click on an accreditation logo for information about that accreditation.

Athena Swan Bronze Award

The University of Exeter Business School’s commitment to improving gender equality has been recognised with an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

The award, conferred by the educational charity Advance HE, reflects the Business School’s success in achieving greater representation of women among its staff and students, and in addressing the barriers to progression that disproportionately affect women.

The number of Business School female staff members at the level of professor has increased by just over 50% since 2016, including in leadership roles.

And this year a Chief Diversity Officer was appointed to lead on building the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) agenda.
The School’s commitment to improving gender equality is also reflected in the student body, whereaction has been taken to increase the visibility of female role models and review the curriculum to address gender imbalance.

The Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) Charter was established in 2005 as a global framework to encourage and recognise the commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

The Charter is now used to address gender equality more broadly, and in 2015 was expanded to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law departments, as well as professional and support roles.

The University of Exeter currently holds an institutional Athena SWAN Silver award with all STEMM departments holding awards at Bronze or Silver level.