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Athena Swan – International Women’s Day & Information morning.

Written by Adam Dumbleton

Celebrated on 8th March each year, International Women’s Day is observed across the world and in a variety of ways. This year the United Nations gave the day a global theme of "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030" and the world responded through a series of peaceful protests, marches, lectures and artistic installations.

True to its educational roots, Liverpool Hope celebrated International Women’s Day by holding an ‘Information and Advice’ morning, giving colleagues the chance to learn about the work being undertaken by the Athena Swan Self-Assessment team.  

Chaired by Graham Donelan, University Secretary the Self-Assessment team has been established to create and monitor an action plan, which will be used as the starting point to prepare the University to apply for a ‘Bronze Institution Award’. This award is part of the Athena Swan Charter Mark and recognises organisations that work to eliminate gender bias and develop an inclusive culture. 

The morning organised and run by the Self-Assessment team saw male and female colleagues from across the University’s departments come together to celebrate International Women’s Day and learn about how they too can help with pushing forward the values of equality, representation, progression and success for all. During the event, discussions ranged from possible guest lectures to best practice and mentoring and allowed colleagues to come together in a proactive environment and learn how the Self-Assessment team is helping the University at large, and what this means for staff both from academic and support backgrounds.

For more details about how you can get involved with the Athena Swan Self-Assessment team, or if you have suggestions that you would like to put forward please contact Mrs Theresa Lewin (Athena Swan Co-ordinator) via email at 


International Women's Day