Athena SWAN

Supporting women in science

The School of Biological Sciences is committed to good employment practices and a supportive working environment for all staff.

In particular, we are striving to address the unequal representation of women in science and to improve career progression for female academics. Over 60% of our undergraduates and postgraduates are women - our mission is to ensure these young women enjoy a nurturing and supportive environment during their time with us and give them every encouragement and opportunity to pursue a career in science.

We are working together, across the School, to ensure we have a fair and stimulating working environment that will benefit both men and women. We continuously review our working practices to ensure that all staff and students are well supported in their work and study.

Athena SWAN Blogs

The School of Biological Sciences Athena SWAN team has created some fantastic blogs talking about their lives in science, and their experiences of integrating their personal and caring responsibilities with their career paths.

We hope that these reflections on the challenges and rewards of working in science will be helpful to others as we work together to make our working environment as inclusive as possible to all.

More blogs from members of staff from The School of Biological Sciences will be added over the next year.

Read all of our Athena SWAN Blogs (PDF, 1,261kB) here.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Athena SWAN blogs so far. 

I consider a healthy work-life balance essential for productive research. I hope that the Athena Swan Award will create an improved working atmosphere for all.

Dr Keara Franklin, Reader, Plant Environmental Signalling

More staff profiles

The School of Biological Sciences champions equality and diversity – together they are key components of our approach to excellence in research and teaching.

Professor Jane Memmott, Professor of Ecology & Research Fellow in Biological Sciences

Positioning ourselves as world-leading researchers and teachers invariably creates demands for everyone in the school; a supportive environment is therefore a key part of our culture. One of the many ways we ensure that is by enabling both women and men to have a good work-life balance, which respects their personal responsibilities as well as their professional aspirations.

Professor Tim Gallagher
Dean of the Faculty of Science