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Gender equality in the Department

Our Department is proud to hold an Athena Swan Bronze award. The Athena Swan Charter is a global initiative which aims to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research, with awards that are given to institutions that recognise their commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

Athena Swan Charter

  • Help institutions achieve their gender equality objectives
  • Assist institutions to meet equality legislation requirements
  • Use a targeted self-assessment framework to help applicants identify areas for positive action
  • Support the promotion of inclusive working practices.

Steps to success

We outlined a number of actions we planned to take in our submission to help us achieve gender equality.

Building awareness

Produce a newsletter to provide visibility and awareness of Athena Swan actions to staff and students

Enrolment rates

Improve the number of applications from women by 4% and enrolment rates by 2%

Promoting our women

Build on advertising of our female staff and student careers, activities and achievements

Equal opportunity

Make the ratio of appointments to applications for both men and women candidates the same by 2023/24

PhD applicants

Increase our female applications, especially from our own undergraduates, to gain more female PhD students

Promotion prospects

Maximise women’s success in promotions to at least as high as men

Meet the committee

The Athena Swan team is composed of a diverse group of staff and students, all working to implement the changes envisioned in the action plan.