Professor Kathleen Riach teaches a Management class in the Adam Smith Business School & Postgraduate Taught Hub


Our commitment to gender equality

The Adam Smith Business School received the bronze award from Athena Swan in October 2019.

Athena Swan has many benefits to the School and its community. It shows our commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. It is helping us improve our culture, our environment for research and scholarship, student diversity, recruitment, retention and promotion of female colleagues. Reviewing and establishing good working practices around induction, staff development, training and flexible working are all part of an Athena Swan submission.

It is a key part of the School’s strategy to embed equality and inclusion. Working towards Athena Swan bronze has highlighted how diverse teams make better decisions and we aim to have gender balance throughout the School’s leadership and organisation.

The Athena Swan Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN), to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and maths (STEMM). In 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work taken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Athena Swan is awarded by the Advance HE, Equality Challenge Unit and the award is for four years. The submission was prepared and submitted by the School’s Athena Swan Self Assessment Team (SAT).


Our professional services and academic staff leading Athena SWAN for the School