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Athena SWAN

AS RGB Bronze AwardThe Athena Swan Charter recognizes and celebrates good employment practice for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in STEMM. Athena SWAN awards are used by Higher Education Institutions as a rating of best practice in supporting women’s careers, and they come in Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Further information can be found on the University's Athena SWAN website.

The Department’s Self-Assessment panel completed its silver submission in November 2013.  In May 2014 we learned that Zoology has secured a bronze SWAN award, joining Psychology, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacology as bronze award-holders in the School.  Professor Rebecca Kilner, chair of the SWAN self-assessment panel, commented:  “Given our ambition and the hard work we targeted towards obtaining a silver award, it is disappointing only to be awarded a bronze…. But the really important thing to remember is that we have started some important, tangible and long-overdue changes in the Department as a result of this process. The bronze award gives us the kick we need to ensure we implement the Action Plan we have devised for the next 3 years and get a silver award next time.”

Our action plan for the next three years includes ambitious targets relating to mentoring, appraisal and training particularly in relation to recruitment and equalities.  Our submission document and action plan can be read here.

The SWAN self-assessment panel has now transformed itself into a new Departmental committee, the Equalities and Wellbeing Committee.


Athena SWAN logos and Departmental stationery templates to download (Cam-only):