Equality and Diversity

Athena SWAN Bronze

In April 2018 the University of Portsmouth retained its Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising our commitment to gender equality.  The submission was developed by a team of staff from across the University at all levels, both Academic, Research, Professional and Support.

The University initially gained an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2014, when the focus was on the advancement of academic women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) areas. In May 2015 Athena SWAN was extended to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), including professional and support roles, covering wider gender equality and equality for transgender staff and students.



Matthew Weait, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and University Athena SWAN Champion

"I am absolutely delighted that the University has achieved renewal of its Athena SWAN Bronze Award under the extended principles. This is testimony to the passion and hard work of so many people, both in academic roles and in professional services, all of whom are committed to the values underpinning the scheme, and dedicated to enabling their realisation in practice. We can now move forward in implementing the Action Plan.” 


Jan Shute, Professor of Pharmacology and Chair of the University Self-Assessment Team

"This award is recognition of the hard work of many colleagues across the University and reflects our vision to be a beacon of excellence in equality, diversity and inclusion throughout our culture, policies and practices, research, innovation and teaching excellence.  Through our Athena SWAN Action Plan we aim to increase gender diversity at all levels by encouraging women – and men where they are underrepresented - to apply for recruitment and promotion, using our proven, fair and transparent processes; in a carer-friendly environment in which the contributions of men and women are recognised and rewarded equally."



We are ambitious for the future, and as well as a programme of school and department submissions and re-submissions over the next four years, we will be going for a Silver Athena SWAN award in 2021.


The current successful University Bronze submission can be found here .  If you have any questions about Athena SWAN please contact Lesley Lee, Equality and Diversity Advisor (Charters Co-ordinator), 02392 845039, lesley.lee@port.ac.uk.











Athena SWAN Bronze






Athena SWAN Conference 2018

Booking is now open for Diversity Matters, the University’s sixth annual Athena SWAN conference a conference open to all staff, focusing on gender equality and diversity.  

The conference will be held on Wednesday 9th May 2018, 1.00PM – 4.00PM and will be opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Graham Galbraith.

Our line-up of external and internal speakers includes:-

David Bartlett, National Director of the Good Lad Initiative, who will speak on “Understanding men’s roles in building gender equality"

Anna Bull, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth and co-founder of The 1752 Group who will speak on “After Weinstein: Tackling sexual violence and sexual harassment to work towards gender equality” 

Another keynote speaker will be announced shortly. 

We would particularly encourage men to attend, since they were under-represented at last year’s excellent Conference.

Tickets can be booked now through Eventbrite:- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diversity-matters-conference-tickets-43399886228