The Schools of Biosciences, Computing, Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA), Pharmacy (MSOP) and Physical Sciences (SPS) have all achieved Athena SWAN Bronze Awards.
The awards recognise the schools’ commitment to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science in higher education.
A successful application requires a comprehensive and exhaustive review of current practices, coupled with plans for positive change.
The schools have all had to prove that they are serious about making their school a place where everyone is valued and all staff can enjoy similar opportunities.
All the schools have great examples of good practice:
- Biosciences have a Researcher Committee and are instigating mentoring
- In Computing staff are being supported to work flexibly and the School holds cake Tuesdays/Wednesdays
- EDA’s outreach event for young women ‘WiRED’ featured in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s newsletter and EDA also run a wide array of inclusive School social events
- MSOP staff can apply for up to £1000 a year to fund conference attendance and personal development.
- SPS held ‘Unconscious Bias’ training and are developing in-house training sessions for early career researchers
All are excellent examples of activities which Athena SWAN promotes.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, responded to the news:
‘I congratulate the schools on their awards. This represents many years of working to improve the recruitment, retention and progression of women in the Faculty of Science. Each school is able to showcase a range of positive actions and good practice.’
The Dean of Sciences, Professor Mark Burchell, who chairs the Athena SWAN Working Group, added his congratulations:
‘In November 2013 the University achieved an institutional Bronze Award. The institutional award, the Bronze Award achieved by School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science in 2014, and these five new awards show how our faculty-wide ambition for real change is being realised. The school awards attest to the excellent work that the schools have been doing over the past few years, ably supported by our central HR and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity teams. Schools have examined their practices and have started to make real changes that are benefiting staff.’
The Athena SWAN Working Group first met in 2010. Since then, the membership has grown, awareness days have promoted the initiative across the University and the University has now been awarded seven Athena SWAN Bronze Awards.