Athena SWAN award
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 an essential action point from ‘Principle 6’ of ‘The Concordat’ report. The University has applied for membership for the Bronze Award and the ‘HR Excellence/Athena Swan working Group’ have begun creating an action plan.
Athena SWAN Bronze Award
This is the level which the funding councils are encouraging all universities to achieve as an institution. This is due to funding councils having to comply with the Single Equality Act, in addition to addressing the traditional issues on Gender Equality in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) departments.
Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in SET in higher education.
The Bronze University award recognises that the University overall has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. This includes:
- an assessment of where the university is in quantitative (staff and student data) and qualitative (policies, practices, systems and arrangements) terms, which has identified both challenges and opportunities;
- a plan that builds on the assessment, the activities that are already in place and what has been learnt from these; and
- an organisation (the self-assessment team) to carry proposed actions forward.