Our School is fully committed to providing a fair and equal environment for work and study.
Our Equality and Diversity in Economics committee was established in March 2014 to monitor staff and student data, review many areas of working practice, and also develop a supportive culture that values all students and staff members.
The School of Economics is proud to be the first UK economics department outside of Scotland to receive an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its efforts to promote gender equality and to address the challenges faced by the School and the discipline at large. Inclusive practice is also an important consideration within the research environment in the REF, with a stronger emphasis placed on this in REF2021.
Athena SWAN is a Charter to advance women's careers in all subjects. Its Bronze, Silver and Gold awards celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women within Higher Education. The Athena SWAN scheme is managed by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), and is funded by ECU, the Research Councils UK (RCUK), and the Royal Society. The Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women's Academic Network (SWAN) and was launched in June 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL) and in professional and support roles and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
The University of East Anglia joined Athena SWAN in October 2011 and submitted a successful Bronze application in April 2012, which was renewed in 2016. In addition, many individual Schools hold Athena SWAN awards in their rights. The Dean of Faculty is a proactive member of the University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and feedback from students and staff is increasingly sought on a range of issues as the Faculty has highly diverse populations and works hard to ensure a supportive and inclusive environment in which all can flourish.
Watch our Women in Economics video for an insight into the School’s philosophy and approach to gender equality.
As part of its efforts to increase equality and diversity in economics, the School of Economics organised its first one-day outreach event in 2019 aimed at female pupils in years 10 to 12 from schools in the region. The event, titled Women in Economics (WinECO), was initiated by the EDE committee and supported by the Royal Economic Society (RES). In 2020, we again held an RES-supported WinECO event, this time online due to the coronavirus pandemic. We hope to continue with these annual events to reach out to high school girls in our region and beyond.
Watch the video on our first WinECO event to learn more about why we think it is important to actively support greater equality and diversity in economics.