Equality and Diversity

Athena SWAN ASRGBBronze-Award

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education.  The Charter was launched in June 2005 at the Institute of Physics.  Any university or research institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in SET in higher education and research can apply for membership. This University has an institutional bronze award.

The Athena SWAN awards ceremony April 2017 was held at the University of Glasgow on 4 December. Dr Caroline Harris and Dr Sarah Bailey received the University Bronze award and Dr Alison Nightingale and Dr Sarah Bailey received the Department of Pharmacny and Pharmacology Silver award from Professor Helen Beebee, Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester and Athena SWAN patron.

Members of Staff receiving the University\'s Athena SWAN Bronze Award            Staff from Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology receiving the Athena SWAN Silver Award                 

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL) and in professional and support roles and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Professor Cathryn Mitchell accepting the Athena SWAN university bronze award

Professor Cathryn Mitchell receiving the award. Click on image above  for more information about the ceremony.

Dr Leon Watts from the Department of Computer Science, Dr Marion Harney from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and Dr Fabienne Pradaux-Caggiano from the Department of Chemistry receiving their Bronze awards from Professor Dame Julia Higgins. The Athena SWAN ceremony was held at the Examination Schools, University of Oxford in December 2015.

Dr Leon Watts receiving the Department of Computing Science Athena SWAN Bronze award  Dr Marion Harney receiving the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering Athena SWAN Bronze award Dr Fabienne Pradaux-Caggiano receiving the Dept. of Chemistry Athena SWAN award

Dr Leon Watts                                Dr Marion Harney                Dr Fabienne Pradaux-Caggiano

One further department received an award in the same round of submissions (Physics) but were unable to attend.

Decision-making structure

Here is the Athena SWAN decision-making structure  at this University.

Departmental awards

The University is celebrating Athena SWAN awards for every department that applied for them in April.

2014 Culture survey

In March 2014 all Education and Research staff in STEM departments were invited to participate in a short survey. Results of the 2014 Athena SWAN culture surveyPDF (internal only) have been disseminated across the university.

External links

The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN charter and gender equality charter mark will be brought together in April 2015 

The University is a member of  Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) All students can obtain free membership of WISE which gives them access to free benefits such as training, mentoring and wide network of inspiring  women in STEM. Up to 100 of our staff can become individual members without having to pay the individual fee. Learn more about the WISE campaign

The University of Bath also have a student WES group, WESBath open to all students. The group provides networking opportunities within the faculty, aims to strengthen links and female alumni and engineering companies by hosting seminars and career events, and works in the local community to promote engineering to younger students. WESBath also provide training and development opportunities.

Mothers in Science - 64 ways to have it all The aim of this information is to illustrate, graphically, that it is perfectly possible to combine a successful and fulfilling career in research science with motherhood, and that there are no rules about how to do this. This project was funded by a Rosalind Franklin Award from the Royal Society.

European Mothers In Science  this website is designed to be a focal point for parents working in science.

The Royal Society education, public and funding programmes have several strands that work together to address diversity issues.

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world's leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

For more information about Athena SWAN at this University contact Georgina Brown on g.d.brown@bath.ac.uk

Related links

HE STEM Culture Survey


 Logo for members of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)logo for WISELogo for Student Women\'s Engineering Society (WESBath)