Athena SWAN

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What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in higher education and research in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
  • Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.


Why is Athena SWAN Important?

There is an unequal representation of women in science that becomes more pronounced the further you travel along the academic career path. Athena SWAN is NOT about positive discrimination in favour of women, it is about positive action in the form of good practice. The good practice that arises from implementation of the Athena SWAN ethos is of benefit to everyone in higher education including both staff and students.

In Geology we are committed to providing a good working environment for all its staff and students. have recently submitted an application to Athena SWAN for recognition of our good employment practice and the promotion of women working in science, engineering and technology.

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