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We pride ourselves on our inclusive, diverse and welcoming community in the School of Psychology. Find out more about what we can offer you if you join us.

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The Belonging Project 2023

To enhance the feeling of belonging both within the School of Psychology and on the wider Sunderland campus, we have been running an initiative to help our students feel more included and involved during their time with us.

The Belonging Project has involved hosting a range of activities throughout the year, as well as our students creating final art projects about a subject chosen by them. At the end of the academic year, we celebrated our accomplishments with an event where our students can share their projects with staff and other students, and reflect on their experiences.

Watch our video to find out more information about our project, as well as hearing from some of the staff and students who participated.

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Athena Swan Award

In 2021, the School of Psychology was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award, a framework used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within Higher Education and research.

For our Athena SWAN application, we committed to a four-year action plan focusing on male psychology, the underrepresentation of male psychology and counselling students as well as developing the careers of women and supporting members of other underrepresented groups.

Find out more information about the Athena Swan Award for Psychology.

Rebecca Owens

About our Athena Swan Award

Dr Helen Driscoll said "We are delighted to find that generally our students see the School of Psychology as a safe and welcoming space, and that staff see it as an inclusive, liberal workplace. The award recognises our commitment to gender equality, the good practice we have in place, and the work we are undertaking to further improve. As a School, genuine commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is absolutely central to our ethos."

Dr Rebecca Owens (pictured) Principal Lecturer and Team Leader for Psychology at the University, said "We are really proud of our Athena Swan award – it recognises our approach to diversity and inclusion in the School of Psychology. This is core to our ethos as a School. We really prize being able to offer opportunities to everyone and supporting them in their development and to achieve the best that they can. We put so much work into achieving this award, and we will continue to do so in order to enact our four year action plan, to keep developing our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion."

Find out more about how "everyone deserves to express themselves and should feel safe to do so” within the School of Psychology.