The School of Chemistry has become only the second ever recipient of an Athena SWAN Gold award.
The award is given for excellence in the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology (SET). Athena SWAN requires award holders to put in place policies to promote equality in areas such as organisational culture, work-life balance and promotion policies.
2011 research into Athena SWAN award-holders showed how effective institutions and departments are in promoting equality. Award-holders showed increases in the proportion of women employed, better representation of women on committees and improvements in career progression including the vital move from postdoctoral researcher to first academic post.
Awards have to be renewed every three years so we will continue to demonstrate and improve upon our commitment to equality in the years to come.
"We are absolutely delighted and very proud to have received the Athena SWAN Gold award. To be the second department in the UK ever to achieve Gold recognises all the hard work we have put in over the last six years promoting gender equality in higher education."
Dr Stephen Moggach, leader of the submission team.
August 2nd 2012