The University of Kent’s Athena SWAN Institutional Self-Assessment team provides strategic overview and governance for the Athena SWAN project team and the delivery of the Institutional Action Plan. In applying for the University's Bronze renewal application in 2017, the Institutional SAT identified barriers to Gender Equality and planned the actions required to remove these barriers. The Institutional SAT together with the Athena SWAN team will continue to implement actions, report achievements and challenges and share good practice. The Athena SWAN Institutional Self-Assessment team is built on the former Athena SWAN Working Group, that dates back to 2010.

Athena SWAN initiative involves now all all academic schools; annual events have promoted the initiative across the University and meaningful change is taking root across the organisation.

The Academic Lead for Athena SWAN at the University is Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, Professor of Work and Employment in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, of which she was Head of School until recently.

Quote ASWG Chair Professor Sarah Vickerstaff

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My commitment to Athena Swan is informed by my own experiences and also by my research interests. I came to Kent in 1984 as a Lecturer in Industrial Relations and since then I have seen huge changes, back then there were very few female academic staff and although we have come a long way there are still many inequalities to tackle for both staff and students. My current research is on older workers and retirement in which the intersections between gender and age are very clear. Through Athena Swan we have an opportunity to make a real difference not just to gender equality issues but to all forms of unequal access and development

ASWG Chair Professor Sarah Vickerstaff Professor of Work and Employment School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research