Gender equality initiatives in Engineering recognised
We are delighted to announce our latest gender equality awards under the Athena SWAN Charter. In recognition of good practice in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in higher education, Engineering has achieved the following:
- Computer Science Athena SWAN Silver Award (previous bronze award holder)
- Nuclear AMRC Athena SWAN Bronze Award
- Civil and Structural Engineering Bronze Award renewal
- Electronic and Electrical Engineering Bronze Award renewal
Computer Science, Nuclear AMRC and Civil and Structural Engineering are the first departments in the University to achieve their awards under the 'expanded' Athena SWAN Charter which includes professional and support staff.
“I am incredibly proud that four of our departments have been recognised with Athena SWAN awards. The Nuclear AMRC have made great progress in developing their first action plan and I look forward to seeing it delivering impact over the coming years. Computer Science have worked incredibly hard on their outreach activities, including their excellent "the world needs more women computer scientists" brochure, as well as supporting their academics, and I am delighted to say we have our first two female professors in computer science.”
Dr Rachael Rothman, Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director for Women in Engineering
Our faculty is passionate about encouraging more women to work and study here as women are under-represented in the field of engineering. This is due to social, cultural and practical reasons and means that engineering misses out on talent. We are working to address this imbalance at the same time as continuing to build on excellence in the Faculty. We want to be the number one choice for women to study and work in engineering in higher education. Much of this work is done through the sustained commitment of departments, our women in engineering initiatives and other faculty initiatives.