The 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 has completed the final edits to our application and action plan. We have now completed our submission for a silver award and will hear the outcome in the spring. This brings to a conclusion the analysis and application stage of a project inaugurated two years ago by Professor Rebecca Kilner.
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. The SWAN self-assessment panel will transform itself in 2014 into a new Departmental committee, the Equalities & Wellbeing Committee (further details to follow).