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ECU Good Practice in Employment of Women Pilot Project


We are one of four Schools within Cardiff University that took part in a scheme to pilot the application process for an award recognising good practice in employment of women in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The scheme resembled the one used for departments and institutions applying to the Athena SWAN charter, an award which recognizes and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research. Cardiff University has already received the Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of its success in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology – and feedback from the pilot scheme in 2012 confirmed practice of a comparable standard in the School of Social Sciences.


The need for a scheme which also embraces non-SET subjects has been highlighted by the Equality Challenge Unit. Its 2011 Statistical Report showed that while 52.4% of female academic staff work in the arts, humanities and social sciences, only 24.9% of professors in these disciplines are female.

The pilot scheme will provide a framework for higher education institutions and their departments to identify, further develop, and share effective interventions that support career progression for women. It may also provide evidence for the environment template of the REF and for the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Progression of Researchers. The overall objective of the awards is to improve the representation of women employed in higher education through institutional and departmental level initiatives.

Action Plan

Please download the schools action plan by clicking here.