Athena SWAN Good Practice Learning and celebratory lunch


On Monday 2 July, the Gender Equality Committee hosted an Athena SWAN Good Practice Learning and celebratory lunch, in recognition of Athena SWAN success across the University and on-going hard work from all departments.

The event was attended by Athena SWAN Champions and members of the self-assessment teams, all of whom drive forward Athena SWAN activity and progress within departments. Members of the Women’s Network and members of Faculty Equality & Diversity Committees also attended to network and share information and ideas.

STEM for girls

Dr Katherine Linehan, Chair of the University Gender Equality Committee and Faculty Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Science, spoke about the good practice model of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) that has been developed in her faculty. The introduction of specific EDI roles at faculty and departmental executive level has led to greater ownership and recognition of EDI, and has enabled equality to be considered in every discussion.

This was followed by Gwendoline Reilly, Director for Women in Engineering, speaking about some of the amazing outreach activity taking place to try and increase the number of women in Engineering. This included Engineering Imagination celebrating International Women in Engineering Day with a day of free activities in the Winter Garden exploring science, engineering and most of all imagination. And with the Faculty of Science, welcoming 600 local female school pupils to the Octagon Centre to learn about how they can transform the world through science, technology, engineering and maths at the annual Exploring STEM for Girls event

About Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter celebrates success in advancing gender equality in higher education and research. It rigorously examines the steps taken by universities and their departments to improve representation, encourage progress and combat gender-based discrimination.

Our continued success under the Charter, shown by this latest set of awards, is a welcome reminder of how important gender equality is to people across our University.

From May 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law as well as professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.