The Athena SWAN charter recognizes advancements in gender equality, from representation to career progression to success for all individuals. The charter further recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
How does Athena SWAN work in the School of Biological Sciences?
As a Bronze award holder, the School of Biological Sciences is 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.
What are the School's next steps?
The School of Biological Sciences is in the process of preparing for a Silver Award. The reasons we are applying for this are:
- This award is a public statement of our commitment to equality and a positive working environment. It sends a message to potential students/postdocs/fellows/staff that this is a positive, fair place to work. This is important especially for attracting independently funded postdoctoral research fellows.
- The process of putting the application together allows us, as a community, to identify ways in which we can improve our working environment, culture and how we support our staff, students and postdocs through their careers.
Staff are welcome to raise ideas, issues and concerns for consideration by the Biological Sciences Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee through our Anonymous Feedback Form. All comments will be submitted directly to the Chair of the group.
Committee members are advocates for equality, diversity and inclusion for all individuals, regardless of their race, gender, age, sexuality or career status.
Dr. Jon Bridle is the School contact for all matters relating to Athena SWAN.