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.

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The 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.

Dr Andy Chantry is a Senior Clinical Lecturer within the Department of Oncology and Metabolism and an honorary consultant Haematologist in the Dept. of Haematology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He stepped up to help drive the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team forward in the hope of submitting a successful Gold Award submission in November 2018.

Dr Chantry said “I am thrilled to be leading the Medical School Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. I am keen to demonstrate the Impact of our continued efforts and achievements and ensure that the charter recognises just how flexible and accommodating the department can be in terms of gender and equality.”