Three new Athena SWAN awards announced for Leicester

Posted by pt91 at May 08, 2017 02:15 PM |
Departments in College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and the College of Science and Engineering recognised for commitment to gender equality

We are delighted to announce the success of the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Geology and the Department of Health Sciences who all have Athena SWAN awards announced in the latest round. Chemistry and Health Sciences have silver awards and this reflects the implementation of change and the demonstration of impact in addressing gender inequality and these departments have worked hard to achieve this prestigious accolade. In the same round the University of Leicester’s Department of Geology has gained a bronze award in recognition of their work in identifying particular challenges that the Department and discipline face.  All three departments have set themselves ambitious action plans to advance gender equality in their areas.

Professor Philip Baker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and Dean of Medicine, said: “The Department of Health Sciences has long been at the vanguard of the University’s commitment to gender equality. This renewal of their Athena SWAN silver award recognises the positive environment that has been established and maintained over the last four years. Many congratulations to all those colleagues whose endeavours have been recognised.”

Professor Paul Monks, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Science and Engineering, said: “The gender balance in the pipeline from undergraduate through to senior academics for physical sciences and engineering is a major challenge nationally. The Athena SWAN successes for the University’s Departments of Chemistry and Geology acknowledges the substantive efforts made in understanding the local issues and putting in place ambitious targets and strategies to effect real change and achieve true gender equality.”

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, said: “Receiving three more Athena SWAN awards, is a mark of great commitment to gender equality and demonstrates the great strides that the University of Leicester has made in tackling issues of recruiting and retaining women in HE. I congratulate colleagues whose work in creating a more positive environment has been recognised. We’re also very proud to be strongly associated with the UN’s HeForShe movement. Its focus is to encourage men to engage more with the issue of gender equality. As a HeForShe Impact Champion, we are committed to creating a cultural transformation around gender.”

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