The Department of History was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Departmental Award in April 2017. We are committed to equality and development of an inclusive culture promoting dignity and respect.
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 (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
"The historians in the department are very proud to be working to enhance the working and learning environment of the History department, working together to ensure that we create a culture of equality and respect so that all staff and students feel included and have the support and confidence to reach their potential. As the Athena Swan lead for the Department of History, I see at first hand the commitment to improving gender equality that underpins our department’s ethos."
Our department has 21 academic members of staff, 9 of whom are women. We also have about 30 research students, 50% of whom are women.
We're proud of our outstanding female historians. We'd like to celebrate them by showcasing some of the recent activities of five amazing women at different stages of their careers, from PhD students to full Professors.
Researching and teaching gender history is a central part of what we do here in the Department of History. We’d like to showcase some of the wonderful modules we run that interrogate the way concepts of gender structured the lives of ordinary people and reveal how women and men lived their lives throughout history.
Our department fosters an inclusive research and teaching environment. Below is a list of some of the resources available to those in the department and across the University of Essex.