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Networks and events

Sheffield Hallam has a network of Athena SWAN Champions who drive forward the Athena SWAN agenda in their departments.

Current Champions

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

  • Allied Health Professions- Martin Reilly, Principal Lecturer and Professional lead for Operating Department Practice
  • Biosciences & Chemistry - Dr Caroline Dalton, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science
  • Nursing and Midwifery - Sarah Burns, Lecturer In Learning Disability Nursing

College of Social Sciences and Arts

  • Natural & Built Environment - Karen Escott, Head Of Academic Operations
  • Psychology - Dr Paul Alexio, Senior Lecturer In Psychology
  • Sheffield Institute of Education - Dr Iain Garner, Head of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

North East Regional Network

The University also participates in the Athena SWAN North East Regional Network which provides an opportunity to share experiences with other universities working towards Athena SWAN submissions. Anyone involved in Athena SWAN work at Sheffield Hallam can join this network. Email for more information.

Sheffield Hallam Parents and Carer Network

Launched in March 2018: A staff network aimed at supporting all parents and carers that offers quarterly sessions with topics of interest to parents and carers, and managers of parents and carers. Please email for more information.


Look out on the staff and student intranet and social media for information about upcoming events and ways you can get involved.

Previous events

International Women's Day

The Women Professors' Group champions and organises initiatives to support women in academia. The group has hosted two International Women's Day (IWD) events aimed at academics. Since 2013 guest speakers have included;

  • Professor Dianne Willcocks CBE – former Vice-Chancellor of York St John University and deputy principal of Sheffield Hallam University
  • Professor Jane Rogers – professor of writing at Sheffield Hallam University, author of The Testament of Jessie Lamb and winner of the 2012 Arthur C Clarke Award.
  • Meg Munn MP
  • Professor Liz Barnes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Professor Shearer West, DVC, TUoS
  • Dr Julia Yates, Senior Lecturer - University of East London
  • Professor Christina Hughes – PVC for Student Experience
  • Natalie Bennett – Leader of the Green Party for England and Wales (2012-2016)

Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering

Organised jointly by Sheffield's two universities, the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering aims to inspire schools and the public through celebrating the role of science and engineering. The festival organisers ensure that women in STEM are well represented, with almost half of the presenters in the schools' programme being female. Past events have included Christina King from the Centre for Sports Engineering Research who delivered a public lecture on breaking speed records, sharing a personal perspective on her involvement in the Channel 4 programme 'Speed with Guy Martin'.

The festival also provides a focus for Sheffield Hallam's annual Athena SWAN lecture. Professor Laura Serrant from the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University gave the 2017 lecture. 'The Candle is Not There to Illuminate Itself: Championing the Science and Art of Nursing for Health'.

Professor Tom Welton, Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London, has given a personal insight into achieving an Athena SWAN gold award. In 2014 talks were given by Professor Dame Athene Donald, Professor of experimental physics at Cambridge University and a prominent figure in diversity issues in academia and Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn who is an active supporter of the University's efforts to promote gender equality in STEM

National Women in Engineering Day

Sheffield Hallam participated in the first National Women in Engineering Day in June 2014, with an event for 38 Y9 and 10 female pupils from four local schools, themed around the Tour de France. Students took advantage of this initiative to launch a student-led society which aims to support women in engineering and maths.

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