The Department of Mechanical Engineering awarded Athena SWAN Silver.

Athena SWAN Silver Award logoFirst established in 2005, Athena SWAN encourages and recognises commitment within higher education and research organisations to advance women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). More recently, it has also expanded to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL).

Based on ten key principles, participating Athena SWAN institutions and departments commit to a progressive charter; adopting principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture that will recognise advancement of gender equality.

In 2018, the Department of Mechanical Engineering achieved a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its commitment to promoting gender equality.

Building on our previous Bronze award, the Silver award recognises a significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality and addressing related challenges. In order to achieve Silver, the Department was assessed against the Athena SWAN Charter to ensure that women - whether in academic, professional or support roles, or as students - were represented and that their progress into academia or in reaching career milestones was supported.

Melanie Scannell is an Athena SWAN champion in the Department for Mechanical Engineering. If you would like more information on our award, please contact her on

About Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN celebrates success in advancing gender equality in higher education and research.

Find out more about its history, the Athena SWAN charter and the awards here

Women in Engineering

Engineering at Sheffield showcases female engineering talent through our Women in Engineering student society and Wall of Women initiatives.

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