Sarah Dickinson Hyams is the Assistant Director for International Equality Charters at Advance HE. Sarah is responsible for driving Advance HE's strategy around global diversity and inclusion and overseeing two internationally renowned, diversity intervention frameworks, the Athena Swan Charter (an international Charter for gender equality) and the Race Equality Charter, both highly successful, systemic change programmes recognised for their ability to positively affect cultural change and values.
The Athena Swan Charter was established in 2005 to recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM employment in higher education and research. The Athena Swan Charter expanded in 2015 to recognise advancement of gender equality representation, progression and success for all and was substantially updated in the UK 2021 to reflect the changing landscape of UK higher education and research.
Sarah joined Advance HE (previously the Equality Challenge Unit) in 2012 and has overseen the successful expansion of the Athena Swan Charter outside of higher education to include research institutes outside of the UK to the Republic of Ireland and Australia with sister charters in the US, Canada and India, as well as the development of the Race Equality Charter for higher education in the UK.
Sarah has worked in diversity in STEMM for over 17 years, previously managing WISETI (women in science, engineering and technology initiative) at the University of Cambridge and the diversity programme at the Royal Society of Chemistry.