Sport Science

Athena SWAN

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Athena SWAN Bronze AwardIn the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, we are committed to creating a supportive, diverse and equitable working environment for all our staff and students. We are committed to promoting and embedding a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in which all staff enjoy being part of and have the opportunity to grow, progress and ultimately do the best that they can for our students, our colleagues and our partners. By doing the very best we can for our students, we strive to create equity of opportunity for all, encouraging our students to fulfil their potential. The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was the first LJMU School to receive an Athena SWAN Charter Award in 2019. We are particularly proud of this achievement, especially as it represents our commitment to positive action and to ensuring that there are no unequal barriers to stop everyone rising to their full potential within a fair, supportive and inclusive environment. The School’s application maps out our path and our progressive Action Plan.

“The recognition is testament to all of the hard work that the department has undertaken over the last few years to advance equality, progression and success for all staff and students.”

Director of School, Professor Dave Richardson

Our initiatives include:

  • The appointment of an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Lead to the School’s Senior Management Team, Dr Tori Sprung. This appointment cements the School’s commitment to ensuring transparency in decision-making and its goal to embed EDI within the make-up of the School.
  • Establishing an EDI Panel who coordinate and drive the EDI aspirations of the School. The panel consists of staff and students who are representative across the School in terms of age, gender, grade, contract type, strategic leadership and research/teaching groups.
  • Celebration of notable diversity dates and our staff and students who are from underrepresented groups; for example, International Women’s Day and International Day for people with a Disability.

For our staff

The School has developed a Parent and Carer Network to raise awareness of the challenges faced by colleagues with caring responsibilities and also to provide general guidance for colleagues on how to manage (and/or how to support colleagues managing) caring responsibilities. Messages of support/interest to be directed to Ian Beattie and/or Liz Mahon (co-chairs).

LJMU is proud to be working in partnership with an array of EDI training specialists and subject matter experts, in order to offer our staff the opportunity to raise awareness and upskill in this important domain. To book your place and to find out more about each of our EDI Workshops, please visit the LJMU Staff Development Calendar.

For our students

If you would like to contribute to or participate in any EDI initiatives, including becoming a member of our EDI Panel please contact Dr Tori Sprung.

Useful contacts

School Women’s Officer and domestic violence champion: Dr Nicola Hopkins
School Disability Coordinator: Milly Blundell