Advance HE define the purpose of a self-assessment team as:

  • Reflecting on a range of quantitative and qualitative data to identify both challenges and opportunities with regards to gender equality
  • Evaluating relevant policies, practices and activities
  • Responding to the findings of the above and establishing gender equality-based priority areas and appropriate aspirations and targets
  • Developing an evidence-based, comprehensive action plan to underpin advancement against the agreed priorities over the whole award period, after which time the unit will apply to renew or upgrade their award.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of actions undertaken on an ongoing basis, to ensure actions are delivering impact against objectives, and evolving the action plan in response to evaluation


Athena SWAN Leads

Michelle Leek (Pro Vice Chancellor & Director of Student & Staff Services)
Prof. Brian Webster-Henderson (Pro Vice Chancellor of Health)

Academic Representatives

Dr Karen Lockney (Senior Lecturer & UCU Representative) Institute of Health
Dr Sue Wilbraham (Senior Lecturer) Institute of Health
Dr Nicoletta Policek (Associate Professor) Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership
Prof. Sally Elton-Chalcraft (Professor) Institute of Education
Farhat Ibrahim (Senior Lecturer) Institute of Education
Bettina Talbot (Lecturer) Institute of the Arts
Richard Lemmey (Lecturer) Institute of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

Professional Services and Student Representatives

David Owen (HR Operations Manager) Student and Staff Services
Lee McDermott (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer) Student and Staff Services
Caroline Briggs (Assistive Technology Officer) Information Services
Joanna Smith (Disability/SPLD Manager) Student and Staff Services
Emma Webster (Student Liaison Admin Assistant) Student and Academic Administration Service
Karl Chambers (Campus Manager London) Student and Academic Administration Service
Joe Morrell (Student's Union - Welfare and Support Officer) VC Office

Group Secretary

Sarah Wilks (HR Assistant)

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