Equality and inclusion

Athena SWAN in the School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and we have accepted its key principles to improve equality. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women and men. The overall aim of the Athena SWAN Charter is to recognise gender equality and ensure representation, progression and success for all members of staff.

As a School, we want to be advocates for promoting excellence, equality and inclusivity for all of our staff. We successfully achieved a silver award in October 2017, and over the next few years, we hope to deliver all the stated goals to be in a position to submit a gold application.


The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. For further guidance and for information about the policies and values that underpin the initiatives within the Faculty of Medicine and Health please visit the main University Human Resources website for all our policies.

The University also has in place a range of services to support our staff. Wellbeing, Safety and Health provides services relating to Health and Safety, Occupational Health, Staff Counselling and Psychological Support, Mediation and Radiation Protection.


A number of Faculty of Medicine and Health Initiatives have been created to support gender equality including an Academic Development Fund to support the maintenance of academic trajectory following a period of leave, flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to purchase additional leave.  Details of the faculty initiatives can be found here.

Athena SWAN Awards

The School of Dentistry applied for the Athena SWAN Bronze award in April 2015. In October 2015, the School was successful in its application for bronze. View the bronze submission here.

Two years later in April 2017, the School entered their submission for a Silver award, which they were successfully awarded in October 2017.   View the silver submission here.

Over the next few years, the School hope to deliver all the stated goals and be in a position to prepare and submit a gold application. 

Action Plans

Our Athena SWAN action plans are strategic, pragmatic and evidence-based focused on areas identified by staff as being of overall highest priority in achieving gender balance and equality in our School.

These include: 

  • Career development, promotion and equal pay for women
  • Improving Support for diverse working patterns (flexible working, part-time, career breaks)
  • Education and training for all staff to increase awareness of gender inequality and build knowledge and skills to address this
  • Evaluation and Monitoring

We were successful in our application for silver award in October 2017, and you can view our silver application action plan here.