In May 2008 the School of Physiology and Pharmacology was awarded a silver SWAN award under the Athena SWAN Charter which recognises excellence in SET (science, engineering and technology) employment in higher education, with particular regard to gender equality. This award was renewed in April 2012, demonstrating our commitment to SWAN and our continued activity in this area.
Although developed to address the lack of female representation in SET disciplines, work undertaken to support the SWAN Charter principles contribute towards a more positive working environment for all.
To this end we undertake a number of activities to increase awareness of potential difficulties faced by women in science and by any staff with caring responsibilities. These activities include career development seminars, focus groups and the development of a maternity handbook.
Engaging with the SWAN charter is a positive experience encouraging an increased awareness of issues encountered by particular groups of staff and therefore improving the 'culture' in the School.
Further information on how our school engages with the Charter can be found in SWAN initiatives in Physiology and Pharmacology.
In the School the SWAN self assessment team, made up of men and women from all grades of academic members of the school from PhD student to professor, meets regularly to review our action plan and discuss ongoing and new initiatives. The team members are:
If you have any comments or suggestions relating to Athena SWAN activities within our school, please email Frankie MacMillan at Frankie.Macmillan@bristol.ac.uk.