Science departments win four Athena SWAN Awards

Posted by ap507 at Sep 30, 2013 12:10 PM |
Departments of Health Sciences, Cardiovascular Sciences, Chemistry and Computer Science win Athena SWAN Silver and Bronze Awards
Science departments win four Athena SWAN Awards

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Congratulations to the Departments of Health Sciences, Cardiovascular Sciences, Chemistry and Computer Science, who all made successful applications for Athena SWAN awards, as a result of their April 2013 submissions.

Health Sciences achieved a University first by being granted a Silver award, with Cardiovascular Sciences, Chemistry and Computer Science making successful Bronze applications.

Bronze awards detail the gender balance among undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and senior management and demonstrate the steps that the department is taking to reduce inequalities. For a Silver award, departments must show that they have already taken steps to address gender inequalities previously identified, in addition to demonstrating the impact of the actions which have been implemented.

The University had an 80% success rate, which is significant, given that only 61% of submissions were successful at the level they applied for nationally in this round. Further, Sarah Dickinson, Athena SWAN Manager at the Equality Challenge Unit, stated:

“We found that many departments were trying to go straight in at Silver level, or move up before they have developed the strong foundations recognised by a Bronze award.”

Health Sciences’ achievement of being awarded Silver, without a prior Bronze award is unusual, further highlighting the Department’s excellent work in combatting gender inequality.

The Departments shall all be presented with their awards at the national Athena SWAN Award Ceremony at Imperial College London later this year. They join four other University departments, who achieved Bronze Awards in 2011 and 2012: the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation received bronze and the School of Psychology, Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine and Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2012.

The Athena SWAN Charter is a national award scheme. It recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research. The scheme and its members set out to develop good practice leading to better gender equality. Through this the University aims to improve the representation of women in science particularly at a senior level.

The University as an institution also holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award, initially granted in 2008, and renewed in 2011.