Athena SWAN at Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths was awarded the Bronze Athena SWAN award in March 2020.

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This achievement marks Goldsmiths’ commitment to gender equality across the institution along with its ongoing dedication to representation, progress and success for all.

What is Athena SWAN?

Athena SWAN is a nationally recognised scheme that was originally created to encourage institutional commitment to advancing the careers of women academics in STEMM subjects.

In May 2015, the scheme expanded to all subject areas and to gender equality more broadly. It now seeks to identify and address gender-related barriers to career progression affecting female, male, or trans staff in both academic and professional service roles.

The Athena Swan Charter Mark has been pivotal in progressing equality across the Higher Education Sector.

The impact of this progress can be seen in the culture and practice of institutions, particularly in key areas such as career development. It has also become increasingly significant in the driving forward of good practice in relation to funding.

Why Athena SWAN matters

A Bronze Athena SWAN award highlights a dedication to improving equality for all genders. Receiving the award has allowed the College to recognise good practice as well as identify gaps and reflect on areas of improvement.

The creation of an evidence-based, three-year action plan has allowed the College to commit to a strategy of improving representation, tackling barriers within career progression and supporting all of our staff in creating a culture that reflects the values of our diverse community.

The College is committed to supporting all staff. The Athena SWAN award will help bring about a culture that reflects the values of the institution, and one in which all staff can thrive.


The Self-Assessment Team (SAT), led by Professor Elisabeth Hill, Deputy Warden, worked hard to prepare the Athena SWAN application and to develop and implement an action plan that underpins the work to progress gender equality.

The success was the result of collaboration between many colleagues across the College and it was their hard work and commitment that allowed the College to achieve this award. 

NameJob TitleDepartment/School/Unit
Alicia Nagar Staff Wellbeing & Engagement Manager  Human Resources
Anna Carlile Senior Lecturer Educational Studies
Anna Furse Professor Theatre and Performance, Arts & Humanities
Bethan Williams Organisational Development and Equalities Manager Human Resources 
Dafydd Myddleton-Williams Head of HR Data and Transaction Human Resources 
Eilidh Macdonald Industry Employability Champion Computing
Elisabeth Hill Deputy Warden, Learning Teaching and Enhancement School of Arts & Humanities
Helen Pritchard  Lecturer Computing
Holly Howe Continuous Improvement Manager Student Administration (Registry Services)
Jane Boggan Research Excellence Manager  Research Services 
Katherine Robinson  Lecturer  Sociology 
Louisa Green  Director of Student Experience and Academic Registrar  Student Experience 
Marinella Cappelletti  Senior Lecturer  Psychology 
Michael Banissy  Professor  Psychology
Nico Singh  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator  Human Resources 
Saskia Jensen Market Intelligence Manager   Strategic Planning and Projects 
Sian Atkins  Equality Chartermark Student Intern  Human Resources 

For more information about Goldsmiths membership of Athena SWAN, please email diversity (