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Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
It was expanded in May 2015 to include the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with a broadened remit to include consideration of professional and support roles, of trans staff and students and in recognising gender equality more widely.
"Athena SWAN is a central component of our culture and working practice and we continue to champion the development of a science department that provides collegiality and transparency to ensure equal opportunities for all".
Head of School, Professor Laura Green

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The School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Bronze Award in 2013. This was renewed in April 2015 for a further three years. 


Professor Laura Green and Dr Rebecca Freeman (from the Life Sciences committee) receiving the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in Edinburgh on 6 June 2014.

Athena SWAN Committee members

supporting womens careers in scienceOn Tuesday 4 July the School of Life Sciences held a national Athena SWAN event, opened by the University's Provost, Professor Christine Ennew, on the topic of 'Supporting Women's Careers in Science'.
The event, funded by the School of Life Sciences and University's Athena SWAN and Women in Science committees, was attended by 75 people from different universities across the country who considered and discussed, following presentations from a variety of speakers, inspirational stories, unusual career paths, how to overcome challenges and pitfalls and the gender balance in leadership.
The event was very successful with such comments as 'very interesting, motivating and inspiring'. 'It was very interesting how there are many routes through academia and not one route fits everyone'. 'It was great to share my concerns for my future as a woman in science'.
Following very positive feedback, the School of Life Sciences plans to organise similar events in the future to support careers in science. Flyer. More images.