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Loughborough University celebrates gender equality progress as SSEHS retains ‘Silver’ award on 18 May 2020

Reader in Health Psychology Dr Fehmidah Munir led on the submission made by SSEHS.

Since 2016, SSEHS has had Athena SWAN and Diversity and Inclusion as a mandatory item on all committee agendas, forming a core part of the decision-making process in the Human Resources Advisory Group as well as shaping the culture and practice of gender equality and inclusion.

In addition, they have provided careers events – including female-specific ones – for staff and students, and a variety of career development opportunities for staff.

The School holds monthly coffee mornings to bring staff and doctoral researchers together, and also recognises their achievements through the Extra Mile Award.

Dr Munir commented: “I am absolutely delighted with our Silver renewal award, which reflects the hard work of not just our Athena SWAN team but the whole School. Going forward, our new action plan will be implemented by the new School Champion, Dr Daniel Rhind.

“I will still be involved in a small way as we hope to become a beacon of good practice by our next submission by introducing our School Sponsorship-Mentoring programme across the University and more widely. We have made a start to this by securing a Good Practice grant from AdvanceHE to support us with this ambition.”