Athena SWAN at Goldsmiths


As part of our renewed Equality and Diversity strategy and exciting work to advance equality, Goldsmiths has joined the Athena SWAN charter and we hope to achieve bronze accreditation early in 2017.

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What is Athena SWAN?

The charter mark has become increasingly significant, particularly by driving forward good practice and in relation to funding. Some research funding bodies look favourably on applications from institutions engaged with the Charter. Therefore having our policies and practices, along with our aim to further advance equality, recognised by the charter mark, would be of huge importance to Goldsmiths.

The charter mark has been pivotal in progressing equality across the Higher Education Sector over the last ten years. The impact of this progress can be seen in the culture and practice of institutions, particularly in key areas such as career development.Athena SWAN is a nationally recognised scheme that was originally created to encourage and recognise institutional commitment to advancing the careers of women academics in STEMM subjects. As of 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.


Goldsmiths' Self-Assessment Team

We have formed a Self-Assessment Team (SAT) lead by Professor Elisabeth Hill, Deputy Warden and Professor Robert Zimmer, to help develop Goldsmiths' submission for the bronze level charter mark. The role of the SAT is to prepare the Athena SWAN application and to develop and implement an action plan that will underpin our work to make ongoing progress in gender equality. We are all very excited to be part of the journey to advance gender equality at Goldsmiths. 

Name  Job Title  Department/School/Unit
Elisabeth Hill Deputy Warden, Learning Teaching & Enhancement School of Arts & Humanities
Mark d’Inverno Pro-Warden, Internationalisation Shool of Professional Studies, Sciences & Technology 
David Oswell Pro-Warden, Research & Enterprise  School of Culture & Society 
Robert Zimmer Professor and Head of Department  Computing, School of Professional Studies, Science and Technology 
Carol Sweeney  Senior Lecturer English and Comparative Literature, School of Arts and Humanities 
Anna Furse Professor   Theatre and Performance, Arts & Humanities 
Matthew Fuller  Professor and Head of Department   Centre for Cultural Studies, School of Culture & Society 
Timothy Hickman  PhD Student  Sociology, School of Culture & Society 
Johnna Montgomerie  Lecturer and Deputy Director of Political Economy Research  Politics, School of Culture & Society 
Mark Johnson Reader  Anthropology, School of Culture & Society 
Kate Devlin Senior Lecturer  Computing, School of Professional Studies, Science and Technology 
Alice Jones Bartoli Senior Lecturer  Psychology, School of Professional Studies, Science and Technology 
John Drever Professor and Deputy Dean of Graduate School  Graduate School 
Karen Rumsey Research Systems & Liaison Officer  Research Office 
Donovan Synmoie Academic Developer  Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre 
Saskia Jensen Market Intelligence Manager  Strategic Planning and Projects 
Alicia Nagar HR Adviser (Research & Projects)  Human Resources 
Anna Spragg Equality, Learning and Development Manager  Human Resources 
Wendy McDonald Executive Officer  Executive Office 
Joyce Kalema Athena SWAN Co-ordinator  Executive Office 


Contact us

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

Kate Devlin

"As a campaigner for women in computing, I believe Athena SWAN is a much-needed way of redressing the gender imbalance in academia."

Kate Devlin, Senior Lecturer, Computing, School of Professional Studies

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