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More Athena SWAN success for the Faculty

AthenaSwanBronzeAward224x135Silver PuffCongratulations to the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS) and the Division of Immunology, Infection and Inflammatory Disease  (DIIID) who are the most recent Divisions to achieve Athena SWAN awards.

Announced last Wednesday by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), who administer the awards, CHAPS secured a Bronze award while DIIID achieved a Silver for their commitment to gender equality, and to advancing career progression for women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). These latest awards add to our growing collection of Athena SWAN accolades, bringing the Faculty’s grand total to eleven (3 Silver and 8 Bronze). Meanwhile, six more Divisions are preparing new Athena SWAN Silver award applications, which will be submitted on 30 November. Five more Divisions will follow suit in April 2016.

The Faculty is progressing steadily towards its target to hold 15 Silver Athena SWAN awards. Alongside providing resource to underpin the exceptional work of divisional Athena SWAN self-assessment teams, to mainstream diversity and inclusion principles into organisational practice and culture, the Faculty is invested in several other initiatives that support the career prospects for all staff. This includes the recent launch of the Research Staff Network Committee, promotions workshops for academic staff and the formation of a Data Analysis Task Group to analyse feedback from the recent Good Practice in Employment staff survey, whose suggestions will inform the Faculty’s new action plan. 

The new award holders will be invited by the ECU to an official award ceremony, where they will be given their awards along with the ninety-seven other departments and institutions across the country to have achieved Athena SWAN awards this round.