Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all
The Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/equality/focus/athenaswan
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. The University of Sheffield is a member of the Charter, currently holding an Athena SWAN Bronze award which acknowledges the University-wide commitment to good practice in these areas.
In order to extend this commitment to an equitable working environment, departments across STEMM at the university have also been awarded Athena SWAN awards. The School of Clinical Dentistry was awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN award in April 2014. The School embraces the Athena SWAN Charter and believes in equity and fairness for all and includes staff at all levels, full-time or part-time, in decision-making processes and the running of the School.
We are committed to promoting women, work-life balance and fully participate in a range of University initiatives including:
We are now in the process of preparing the School’s application for a Silver Award: we plan to have a draft by 30 September 2016 for the submission deadline of 30 November 2016. The application is led and submitted by the self-assessment time (SAT) comprising of staff from across the School (please see here), who welcome any input or suggestions from any interested parties in the School and Dental Hospital (contact SAT at SoCD_ASWAN@sheffield.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter@UoSDent_ASWAN). Please also be ready for the Dental School Staff Survey which we will be asking you to complete shortly, to provide data we need for the Silver Award application.
The team are undertaking a number of initiatives which stem from the action plan introduced during our bronze application and are continuing into the silver. One is the introduction of informal lunches where staff across the School can come together to discuss different topics of interest to everyone. More details can be found in the Athena SWAN Lunches tab above. Departmental, University and wider news and events information can be found on our Twitter feed above and a brief summary is given below.
Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team (SAT)
Athena SWAN Lunches
The Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team has launched a series of lunchtime sessions held in the School Common Room. These drop-in session from 12.30 until 2pm enable staff to get together to chat, learn and share their experiences. The team will be on hand to facilitate the sessions, bring along your own lunch and the team will supply drinks and biscuits. The dates and themes of these session are listed below. For more information contact SoCD_ASWAN@sheffield.ac.uk.
Lunches - All welcome
Athena SWAN News, Information and Events
Please the below twitter feed for news, events and information that may be of interest.