Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN charter and Athena SWAN Awards from the UK Equality Challenge Unit recognises excellence in Higher Education employment in the STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine), and specifically promote gender equality actions within these areas.

Materials Science and Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising the importance we put on gender equality and ensuring that female Material Scientists and Engineers have maximum opportunity for career development and growth within their chosen speciality.

The action plan and standards defined in the award submission are monitored by the Equality and Diversity Champions, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and represent everyone within the department.

The hard work done within the department to achieve this Athena SWAN award is a springboard for future activities to enhance the working environment and career progression of our students and staff, and we are proud to be part of the outstanding Athena SWAN movement.

Some of the Committee celebrating the Athena SWAN Silver AwardAthena SWAN Silver Award 2016

Prof Beverley Inkson and Dr Nicola Morley collect the award from Professor Dame Julia HigginsAthena SWAN Bronze Award 2014

Since receiving the Silver Award in 2016, we have been working on our action plan to ensure that gender equality remains a priority in the department. The action plan identified the following key priorities.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Athena SWAN key priority actions

Department Strategy and Data

Promotion of Equality and Diversity principles within MSE
Integration of Equality and Diversity into Department framework and strategy

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

Female UG and PG students recruitment drive

Key Career Transition Points, Appointments and Promotions

Increase pool of female and minority staff applicants
Better publicity of promotion criteria and promotion support

Career Advice and Support

Career development of female academics
Career development of female Early Career Researchers

Culture, Communications and Departmental Organisation

Improved communications and access to Women in STEM information at Department level

Career breaks/flexible working

Managing female workload