Two new Athena SWAN awards announced in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

Posted by ap507 at Oct 06, 2016 10:45 AM |
Departments of Cancer Studies and Genetics achieve Athena SWAN award in latest round

We are delighted to announce the success of the Department of Cancer Studies and the Department of Genetics which have both achieved an Athena SWAN award in the latest round. The Department of Cancer Studies has achieved an Athena SWAN silver award. This level of award reflects the implementation of change and the demonstration of impact in addressing gender inequality and the Department has worked hard to achieve this prestigious accolade. In the same round the University of Leicester’s Department of Genetics has been awarded a bronze award in recognition of their work in identifying particular challenges that the Department and discipline face.  Both 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: “I am delighted that we have been awarded  a Silver Athena SWAN award in the Department of Cancer Studies and a Bronze Athena SWAN award in the Department of Genetics. I would like to congratulate the self-assessment teams in both departments, these awards reflect their outstanding hard work and commitment. We remain committed to challenging gender stereotypes across all aspects of our work and continue to develop an environment that has gender equality at its core.  We look forward to embedding the ambitious activities outlined in our Athena SWAN action plans in the coming months.”

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, said: “Receiving two 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 Higher Education. There remains work to be done, but I am delighted that the efforts of our colleagues to create a more positive environment have been recognised."

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