Athena SWAN

The School of Materials have been presented with an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

The Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

The Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and advance the careers of women in STEMM employment. In May 2015 the Charter was expanded to include non-STEMM Schools, professional and support staff, technical staff, and Trans staff and students. The Charter now also recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. 

All the awards work towards equality of opportunity and are committed to evidencing a real culture changes within the University and its individual Schools. There are ten Athena SWAN principles:

  • Recognise talents of all
  • Advance gender equality
  • Recognise disciplinary differences
  • Tackle the gender pay gap
  • Remove obstacles
  • Address short-term contracts
  • Tackle discrimination against trans people
  • Demonstrate senior commitment
  • Make structural and cultural changes
  • Consider intersectionality 
A female research wokring in Biomaterials laboratory

Athena SWAN journey

The School of Materials is delighted to be awarded the Athena SWAN SILVER Award recognising the enormous contribution and commitment of our staff, academic and non-academic, male and female, across the School to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The School has made significant progress since receiving the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2013 and has implemented actions towards equality of opportunity.

Our initiatives confirm that the School is now a national leader in promoting gender in employment.

Moving Forward ...

The School will continue to adopt the Athena SWAN principles and our commitment to equality of opportunity will be sustained. Our Silver Award Action Plan will be implemented over the coming years as we look to evidence a real culture change with our initiatives and have impact of activity both within our School and beyond.

Download our Athena SWAN Silver Award document below and contact Christine Taylor if you wish to get involved with Athena SWAN related activities.

Athena SWAN Silver Award Submission


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