Equality and Diversity

Three new Athena SWAN Awards

04 May 2018

We are pleased to announce three new Athena SWAN Awards. Department of Mechanical Engineering has successfully attained a Silver award and Departments of Chemical Engineering and Psychology are our latest two departments to have successfully achieved Bronze Athena SWAN awards. 

Athena SWAN recognises advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

In order to receive the award, departments need to provide evidence through robust self-analysis of how they engage, support and develop staff and students. This includes devising an action plan to help them work towards their goals of gender equality.

Professor and Deputy Head of Department Julie Barnett, who co-ordinated the submission for Department of Psychology, commented: “We are really delighted to have been awarded the Bronze Athena SWAN accreditation.  It reflects the commitment of the Department to equality and diversity and we are confident that the implementation of the action plan as we go forward will further embed these principles in ways that enhance the working lives of all our staff”.

Professor Gary Lock, Head of Department for Mechanical Engineering, said: “As a Department our aim is to have an inclusive working environment for all.  The Athena SWAN Silver award recognises that we have a positive plan of action to provide opportunities for people to influence change and participate at all levels.  We are looking forward to implementing our plans with support from the faculty and university. ”

Professor Tim Mays, Head of Department for Chemical Engineering, added: “We are absolutely delighted to receive our Athena SWAN Bronze Award.  We take gender equality seriously in Chemical Engineering, and this Award is a very welcome recognition of that.  The application was a real team effort in the Department led by Professor Semali Perera, who was completely inspiring in her sustained commitment throughout.  We now look forward to working towards our AS Silver Award.”

Mark Humphriss, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee, said: “We are very pleased to see so many departments engaging in this process and achieving Athena SWAN awards.  All the applications submitted were successful, which brings to eleven the total number of departments with an award.  I warmly congratulate all three departments and especially Mechanical Engineering on achieving Silver.”

Finally, the new Equality and Diversity Team of Georgina Brown and Aiste Senulyte in the Office of the University Secretary are available to provide support with all the Athena SWAN requirements and help to ensure that the work undertaken is as useful as it possibly can be in gathering and assessing data and in addressing culture across the department.  They are already in touch with all those departments with awards and with the remaining departments working towards them.

 View our successful department and University submissions and read more about Athena SWAN charter.