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Economic, Social and Political Sciences


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Welcome to the Athena SWAN page for the School of Social Sciences. The University itself holds a Silver Award and Social Sciences currently hold a Bronze Award.

Click on the tabs below for more information about ESPS Athena SWAN intiative:

Athena SWAN at the University of Southampton


Our chair is Bindi Shah. The deputy chair is Jana Sadeh. Please feel free to contact either Bindi or Jana if you have any queries.

AS Committee

Chair of SESPS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team - Bindi Shah

Deputy Chair - Jana Sadeh

Staff Consultation Working Group Lead – Maria Evandrou

Undergraduate Consultation Working Group Lead – Panos Giannarakis

PGT/PGR Consultation Working Group Lead – Anita Lavorgna

Communications Working Group Lead – Helen Paul


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Feedback to the committee

Let us know your thoughts and feedback on the School’s gender equality initiative.

The form allows any staff or student to send their comments confidentially and anonymously to the SESPS Athena SWAN Chair and Co-Chair. All fields are optional so you can disclose as much or as little information as you like.

You can submit the feedback via our form.

The national Athena SWAN charter addresses the improvement of gender equity policies and practices that affect women and men in academic careers across STEMM, Social Sciences and Humanities.

The School’s Bronze award recognises our commitment to tackling gender inequality. A positive culture that values gender equality, including support for flexible working, for maternity, paternity and adoption leave transitions, and core hours email etiquette policy are among the practices that helped us achieve this status. Our bronze award demonstrates how good practice is being implemented for staff in all job families and levels.

The Action Plan represents a comprehensive effort to further develop and implement good practice that promotes gender equity and gender balance. Key features of the School’s plan include:

  • Ensure that gender equality and inclusivity is at heart of every School committee
  • Implement communication and training mechanisms for staff and students to engage with School’s Athena SWAN goals
  • Promote gender balance on all Undergraduate, Postgraduate taught, and Postgraduate research programmes
  • Implement strategies to improve gender balance with regard to recruitment, promotion and retention of staff in all job families and levels.
  • Continue support for flexible working, and for maternity, paternity and adoption leave transitions.

Our main policies and guidance documents can be accessed by visiting our Policies and Guidance page.

These documents are also complemented by other policies in the University. These policies are owned by other areas of the University (e.g. Human Resources and the Registry).

You can find the following policies on our website;

You can find out more about Athena SWAN related news and events here.


Dragonfly Day

Dragonfly Day

On Wednesday 19 June 21 female students in Year 9 (ages 13-14) from Chamberlayne College for the Arts, Admiral Lord Nelson, Priory School, Henry Cort and Mayville High School visited the Economics Department for a day of immersion into everything economics. During the course of the day they had various talks, from our own Helen Paul and Corrado Giulietti as well as from Helen Packard from the Bank of England. In addition, they got to experience two hands-on sessions in the Bloomberg Suite and the Experimental Lab led by Daniel Cernin and Jana Sadeh. This initiative, which was funded by the Royal Economic Society, was aimed at encouraging more young women to look at economics as an exciting and fulfilling career choice. The day was organised by Helen Paul with the support of Emma Woozeer, Outreach coordinator from the Access to Southampton Scheme.

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