Double Athena SWAN success

The University’s Faculty of Engineering and School of Medicine have both achieved Bronze level in the latest round of the Athena SWAN Charter awards announced by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).


“This is excellent news for the University and reflects our investment in ensuring support for the careers of women in our science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine departments,” said Dr Jane Cahill, the University’s Athena SWAN Manager. “I’d like to thank you everyone who helped us achieve this recognition from ECU, particularly Kathy Aveyard for her support, guidance and expertise in our work with Engineering and Medicine.”

"Of course, we will continue working hard with Faculties and Schools to benchmark and disseminate examples of excellence across all disciplines – both Arts and Sciences.”

Our results reflect the overall trend which shows that medicine and engineering departments in particular are making headway on gender equality. Medical schools and clinical departments made up 30% of all successful awards in the latest round of awards, whilst engineering departments were the second largest group, gaining 9% of all successful awards.

The Athena SWAN Charter awards have been running since 2005, recognising the commitment of the higher education sector to address gender inequalities, tackle the unequal representation of women in science and to improve career progression for female academics.

Since the University’s original submission in 2009, the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MaPS) has achieved Silver level and the School of Healthcare a Bronze award in recognition of their good practice.

Visit the Athena SWAN website for more information.

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