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Biology's support of gender equality recognised with Athena SWAN award

Posted on 10 May 2019

The Department has been granted an Athena SWAN Gold award for a further four years

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. 

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, as well as 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.

The Department was awarded an Athena SWAN silver award in 2006. In 2014, it was awarded Gold, the first Biology Department in Great Britain to reach this level. 

Head of Department, Professor Jennifer Potts said: “We are proud of our reputation for providing a supportive culture and strive to ensure that there are no barriers to our staff and students reaching their goals.

“Our approach is transparent and inclusive - poor working practices disproportionately discriminate against women, whilst good practices benefit all. We are committed to promoting, celebrating and raising awareness of equality and diversity issues and acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all."