About our working environment

Supporting women in science is extremely important to us in the Bristol Veterinary School. We are very pleased that we have recently achieved a Bronze Athena Swan and are committed to continuing to support equality and diversity of our workforce.


Career re-entry funding opportunities

Wellcome trust
British Heart Foundation
Daphne Jackson Trust
MRC (Medical Research Council)

Supporting women in science

The Bristol Veterinary School is committed to providing a positive working environment for women.

By developing good employment practices, tackling the unequal representation of women in research, teaching and clinical posts, and improving career progression for female academics, the school is contributing to the national goal of advancing women in sectors traditionally dominated by men.

Athena SWAN Awards

The school was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in October 2015. Athena SWAN awards recognise the contribution of organisations in supporting women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The award recognises our efforts to ensure a positive environment for women working in science; that women are represented at all levels; that their contribution, skills and experience are recognised, and that they are retained and promoted appropriately.

Athena Swan Working group

The Athena Swan Working group now forms a sub-committee of the Vet School Equality and diversity network
Information about briefings and previous presentations can be found on our intranet pages. 


For further information about SWAN, please contact Dr Ellen Brooks Pollock, School lead for Athena Swan

Relevant articles

The women whom science forgot
How well are women represented in UK science?
Understanding unconcious bias: A short animation by The Royal Society
How can we stop unconcious bias?
Avoiding gender bias in reference writing (PDF, 1,510kB)

I feel proud to have been involved with Bristol Vet School’s successful application for the bronze Athena SWAN award. The award reflects the vet school’s vision to maximise career opportunities for all its staff.


I have been supported to work part time and also continue to develop my career here at Bristol University.

Dr Katy Turner (Reader in Infectious Disease Epidemiology)

Equality and diversity

Find out more about equality and diversity at the University.

Our commitment to promoting women in science is a key part of the school's culture here at Bristol. We support women at all stages of their career, from undergraduates all the way to professors.

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