School of Law recognised for advancing gender equality

Published: 4 September 2014

The School of Law at the University of Glasgow has today been recognised for their progress in advancing gender equality.

The School of Law at the University of Glasgow has today been recognised for their progress in advancing gender equality.

The School achieved a Bronze level in Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) trial gender equality mark.

Based on the principles of ECU’s highly successful Athena SWAN Charter for women in science, the gender equality charter mark aims to address chronic gender imbalance and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Bronze level is the first step in the process, showing a strong commitment to specific actions and building a culture that will improve the representation, progression and success of both staff and students.

While the charter has a particular focus on the underrepresentation of women in senior roles, it also encourages progress on the underrepresentation of men in subjects such as teaching and social work and also seeks to address the unfair treatment often experienced by trans people.

Jane Mair, acting Head of the School of Law said: “I am very pleased to see the School of Law has been recognised for our efforts to support equality and diversity for staff and students. This award is testament to the hard work of our staff in the School, to whom I offer my congratulations.”

Anne Anderson, Vice Principal /Head of the College of Social Sciences and Gender Equality Champion for the University, said: This is an important recognition of our strong commitment to gender equality. We have also learned from the process and we are already exploring how we can do even more to support all our staff fulfil their potential.”

David Ruebain, ECU's chief executive said: “Today’s results offer an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and achievements of everyone involved in the charter mark trial, and to focus on the positive progress being made to address chronic gender inequalities in HE.

“Following the success of this trial round, we are delighted that we will now be able to fully develop a charter mark that supports equality in the arts, humanities and social sciences – disciplines that have not until this point received the same attention as science subjects.

“We hope that the gender equality charter mark will have the same positive effect for these subjects as Athena SWAN has had on women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.”

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First published: 4 September 2014