Two more departments receive bronze Athena SWAN awards

We are pleased to announce that the Departments of Health and Biology & Biochemistry are our latest two departments to have successfully achieved bronze Athena SWAN awards.  This also means we have achieved the target we set in 2013.

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

The awards acknowledge a commitment to gender equality for students and staff, and career progression for staff in higher education.

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.  Submissions are assessed by peers from other universities.

Dr Adele Murrell, who co-ordinated the submission from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry, commented: “We are pleased to have received our Bronze Award and are inspired to work even harder to make the Department of Biology & Biochemistry a place where everyone feels valued regardless of gender.

“We are aware that an Athena SWAN award is a recognition of the effort we are making not a badge signifying a level of achievement or attainment, and that there is still a lot that we can do to improve equality and diversity in STEMM.”

Professor Simone Fullagar from the Department for Health said: “We are very pleased to have received the Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to gender equity and diversity.

“Having been through a period of growth and transition we took the decision to follow the new Athena SWAN Charter. This means we will action a range of strategies to facilitate meaningful change through the involvement of our students, academic and professional staff.”

Mark Humphriss, University Secretary, added: “We are delighted to see so many departments now engaging in this process and achieving Athena SWAN awards. Our latest round of successful submissions increases the total number of departments with bronze awards to eight.

“In 2013, we set a stretching target of moving from no departmental awards to at least eight by the end of 2016 and it is pleasing to have reached this. Congratulations are due to all who have made this possible and who are now ensuring that the action plans are implemented. This is enabling improvements in both outcomes and culture in support of the University’s goals.”

View our successful department submissions.

Read the Equality Challenge Unit’s press release about Athena SWAN results.

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