Gender Equality Charter Mark

Based on the principles of the Equality Challenge Unit’s highly successful Athena SWAN Charter for women in science, the Gender Equality Charter Mark (GEM) aims to address chronic gender imbalance and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Bronze level is the first step in the process, showing a strong commitment to specific actions and building a culture that will improve the representation, progression and success of both staff and students.

While the Charter has a particular focus on the underrepresentation of women in senior roles, it also encourages progress on the underrepresentation of men in subjects such as teaching and social work and also seeks to address the unfair treatment often experienced by trans people.

Five universities and 17 individual departments participated in the trial of GEM which including Department of Classics and Ancient History within the College of Humanities who successful applied for and were awarded a Bronze level award in April 2014.

Andrew Thorpe, Dean of Humanities said: “The GEM trial builds on the success of the University’s engagement with the Athena SWAN Charter and we’re delighted that Exeter’s Department of Classics and Ancient History is the first in the country to be awarded the GEM Charter Mark. I’m really pleased that the scheme includes professional services and support, because it demonstrates that we’re promoting an inclusive culture for all staff, irrespective of job role.”

Find out more about the GEM trial on our Classics and Ancient History website.