Academic department recognised for advancing gender equality in arts

Posted by ap507 at Sep 04, 2014 10:15 AM |
School of Museum Studies received bronze award from Equality Challenge Unit

The School of Museum Studies has been recognised for its progress in advancing gender equality in arts, humanities and social science careers in higher education, having achieved Bronze level in Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) trial gender equality charter mark – the first award scheme of its kind for these disciplines.

Bronze level is the first step in the process, showing a strong commitment to specific actions and building a culture that will improve the representation, progression and success of both staff and students.

While the charter has a particular focus on the underrepresentation of women in senior roles, it will also encourage progress on the underrepresentation of men in subjects such as teaching and social work and also seeks to address the unfair treatment often experienced by trans people.

Based on the principles of ECU’s highly successful Athena SWAN Charter for women in science, the gender equality charter mark aims to address chronic gender imbalance and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Dr Suzanne Macleod, Director and Head of the School of Museum Studies, said: “ As soon as the School heard that the awards for gender equality in the Sciences were being piloted in the Arts, we were keen to take part. Equality sits at the heart of the School’s culture, research and teaching and the process involved in the Gender Equality Mark has provided an excellent framework for driving our work forward."

Professor Mark Peel (pictured), Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, said: "This is a great achievement for Museum Studies, and is one important element of a departmental culture that privileges collegiality, engagement, inclusion and open communication. As a first for our college, this sets us all a standard and a goal."