Athena SWAN

The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences is actively pursuing an equality agenda that is committed to advancing and promoting women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). 

Our application for a Silver Award was submitted in April 2015 with an action plan aimed at ensuring the culture of the School reflects the Athena SWAN Charter.  This recognises that:

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately recognised in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
  • Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.

Although unsuccessful in gaining a Silver Award, the School was deligthted to receive a Bronze Award in October 2015 and continues to follow its action plan to achieve Silver in the future.

Key activities

The School is engaged in the following key activities:

  • Raising the profile of the Athena SWAN Charter;
  • Recruiting female students to all of our degrees programmes;
  • Supporting student progression and development;
  • Recruiting female academic staff and PhD students;
  • Supporting staff and PhD students in all stages of their career progression;
  • Promoting a supportive and inclusive work environment;
  • Facilitating a healthy work-life balance.

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Prof Nicky Callow

Nicky Callow is a Professor in Sport Psychology and Dean of the  College of Human Sciences. She studied at the School, gaining her PhD from Bangor University in 2000 and has been a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist since that time.  Nicky also has extensive applied experience with International athletes from a range of sports.

Nicky conducts research in three main areas: the cognitive and motivational effects of imagery, from both a behavioural and neuroscience perspective; group dynamics in particular transformational leadership, cohesion, collective efficacy and communication; and interventions with patient populations.

Video profile (NB – filmed before Nicky’s promotion to Prof)

Other staff members

To view a complete list of our staff members, please see the Our Staff page

Athena SWAN at Bangor University

Bangor has achieved the Athena SWAN bronze award and is now addressing the issues raised in the Athena SWAN Action Plan.

For more information about Athena SWAN at Bangor University, please click here.