The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.
Athena SWAN is the charter for the advancement of women in science. The University joined the Athena SWAN charter in 2011 and was awarded an institutional Bronze status that same year. We are delighted that this was renewed in 2014 and in addition, all our science disciplines now hold either a Bronze or Silver departmental award.
Through these awards, the University is committed to the Athena SWAN charter principles:
- To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
- To tackle the unequal representation of women in science which requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
- The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
- The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
- The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
- There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation.