Department of Government

Equality and inclusion

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Promoting and celebrating equality in our department

The Department of Government is committed to systematically reviewing and addressing issues of gender equality, whilst developing a culture of respect and inclusivity within the Department.
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“Our Department is built upon a productive and inclusive environment that offers equality of opportunity and a positive culture for all. As Head of Department, I am personally committed to a culture and set of actions that lead to the progression and success of women in political science.”
Professor Shane Martin Head of Department of Government

The Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. The University of Essex was awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in November 2013. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in other disciplines, including political science.

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Our application

The Department of Government started its internal Athena SWAN process in 2017 in order to systematically review and address issues of gender equality more broadly. The Department will submit an application for a Bronze Department Award in April 2020.

Learn more about the Athena SWAN application process

Celebrating women in our department

Our department has over 55 academic members of staff, 21 of whom are women. We also have over 55 research students, more than one third of whom are women. We are proud of our outstanding female political scientists.

Our academics and students

“I really enjoyed my UROP placement, because I was able to learn how to code and how to research in depth for articles with only little a priori information. It gave me the opportunity to try something I had never thought would be a career option for me.”
 “The Department has been very supportive of my PhD studies providing me feedback on my research progress and funding for training and conferences. The departmental support has also yielded external research opportunities – for example, last year I was part of the Visions in Methodology conference where I was able to interact with many outstanding female scholars in the U.S. As a postgraduate research student, it is very inspiring being part of a department with so many bright female scholars.”
Tatiana Gélvez PhD candidate
“As a PhD student I have always felt respected and encouraged by the Department. I have been given plenty of opportunities to participate in international conferences and present my work to my field’s top scholars... The department has also trusted me with a lot of teaching responsibilities as well, which has strengthened my professional profile. My supervisory board has gone at great lengths to support me during my first years in academia. Knowing that I have the department’s help and trust makes entering the next phase of my professional career a lot less frightening.” 
Katariina Mustasilta  Recent PhD Graduate

Teaching and researching equality

Our work engages with some of the key debates surrounding gender, equality, diversity, inclusion and representation within the political landscape today.

Our teaching


Our department offers a number of modules that examine issues surrounding equality and diversity. Visit our module directory for up to date information.

The department continuously seeks to increase the gender balance of reading lists using the Gender Balance Assessment Tool.

Get in touch
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Department of Government University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872759