Department receives Athena SWAN Silver Award

Photo of some members of the Equality and Diversity TeamThe Department of Materials Science and Engineering has been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award from the UK Equality Challenge Unit in recognition of the significant and sustained commitment to gender equality; embedding gender equality throughout the Department’s actions, policies and procedures.

Athena SWAN Silver Awards can only be achieved by demonstrating significant cultural change and marked improvement in female representation and progression.

The award is the result of five years of commitment to making the Department a great place for women to study and work in Materials Science and Engineering. Departmental achievements recognised by the Silver Award include:

- substantial increase in female student and staff numbers
- impactful Careers and Personal Development events
- restructuring of work-practices to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for all our staff

Professor Beverley Inkson, Equality and Diversity Committee Chair

A resounding thank you goes to our Equality and Diversity Team, who have had great success in engaging the Department and stakeholders with our equality agenda and actions. However our work is not yet done! Women are still under-represented throughout the Engineering disciplines, particularly in technical, academic and senior roles, and it is our mission to ensure that talented female engineers and scientists find our Materials Department a great place to come, work and develop their career to the best of their ability.

professor beverley inkson / Equality and Diversity Committee Chair

Further information

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all, regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin, religion, culture, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Further information and details for our Equality and Diversity Team can be contacted via Mrs K Heard.

Athena SWAN Charter
The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) works to further support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education across the UK and in colleges in Scotland. The ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter and Athena SWAN Awards recognise commitment to the advancement of gender equality in academia, addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines, professional and support functions and removing the obstacles faced by women.