Athena SWAN LogoThe Athena SWAN charter recognises excellence in HE employment in the STEMM subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine and specifically promotes gender equality.

The University of Sheffield is a member of the charter, currently holding an Athena SWAN Bronze award which acknowledges our University-wide commitment to good practice in these areas. In order to extend this commitment to an equitable working environment, 23 departments across STEMM at the university are going for individual awards.

Professor Sheila FrancisThe Medical School was successful in achieving a silver award for its achievement and hard work promoting gender equality. In order to achieve a silver award, we have worked with colleagues to identify particular challenges, and have taken action to respond to these, which has had a demonstrable impact on the Medical School.

We also have a number of planned activities to ensure we continue to push this agenda forward. Securing this award is an important process and involves engaging staff in all the Medical School departments.  As a result of the process, action is being taken to promote truly innovative working environments that allow both men and women to thrive.  The award is valid until April 2020.

Sheila Francis, Head of the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease and leader of the successful Medical School application said: “Our silver award celebrates all the good work that has gone in to improving the career paths of women in clinical and non-clinical academic medicine over the past several years through mentoring, better support and crucially, through improving the visibility of role models. There is still more work to do and I look forward to a time when such efforts will not be required.”