School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Athena Swan Silver Award

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is committed to addressing gender inequalities in science and to improving career progression for female academics. This commitment has been recognized in 2012 by an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

The award covers:

  • Women in academic roles
  • Progression of students into academia
  • Working environment for all staff

What is Athena SWAN?

Athena SWAN is a project for the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research, and to achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts. Athena SWAN is run by the Equality Challenge Unit and funded by Equality Challenge Unit, the Royal Society, Biochemical Society and the Department of Health.

As part of its commitment, the School is working on its Silver action plan as well as:


  • Celebrating work undertaken by female researchers
  • Hosting PhD student conferences
  • Organising promotions workshops
  • Developing our sponsorship-mentoring scheme for all academic staff to support their development
  • Organising Aurora Leadership programmes in 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Improving the induction process for new staff and their managers
  • Ensuring consistency of experience for staff at all levels particularly in appraisal and support for professional development
  • Clarifying the support available for staff during pregnancy, maternity and on their return
  • Inviting guest lecturers such as Dr Cheri Blauwet, who spoke on ‘Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine and the Health Professions: The Experience of Physicians with Disabilities’
  • Hosting an ‘Inspiring Women in Sport, Psychology and Biosciences’ for International Women’s Day 2019
  • Recognising and celebrating the achievements of staff through the annual Extra Mile Awards


Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of the School, said: “We have many excellent female staff in the School, and I am delighted that our efforts to support them, and to encourage others into the discipline, is recognized by the Athena SWAN Silver award. In recent years, we have had academic and research staff on part-time contracts and on career breaks, all arranged to meet the personal circumstances or career development of individuals.”

“We offer flexible working arrangements, which are of benefit to all staff, and seek to help research staff in career development. We are also pleased that we support female undergraduates with good academic female role models, to encourage and inspire them to pursue the professions taught within the School. We hope that our success will both encourage staff in Loughborough, and in the wider academic community.”

Who is involved in the School Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Group?

The self-assessment process is run by the Self-Assessment Team, in conjunction with the School’s Human Resources Advisory group and the School’s Equality and Diversity Advisory group.

Core Athena SWAN team members:

  • Dr Fehmidah Munir
    School Athena SWAN Champion and Reader in Health Psychology
    (01509) 228228
  • Dr Daniel Rhind
    School Deputy Athena SWAN Champion and Reader in Organisational Psychology
    (01509) 223002
  • Harry Mistry
    University Teacher in Quantitative Research Methods (SSA Representative)
    (01509) 226369
  • Clare Smith
    Laboratory Assistant (Technical Services Representative)
    (01509) 228225

Who to contact

Please contact Dr Fehmidah Munir, School Athena SWAN champion, or any other member of the Self-Assessment Group if you would like information or to be more involved.