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Further Athena SWAN success for the Faculty

Silver PuffThe Faculty is delighted to announce that three Divisions have been granted Athena SWAN Silver awards by the Equality Challenge Unit. These Divisions are Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics and The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation. 

The awards, announced today, recognise our continued commitment in supporting gender equality and championing an inclusive working environment for all. The Faculty now has a total of nine Silver and four Bronze Athena SWAN awards.

To achieve Athena SWAN awards, applicants sign up to the Athena SWAN Charter and undertake thorough self-assessment of their practices, policies and culture, as well as develop measurable action plans to further good practice and address areas for improvement within four years.

Professor Mark Peakman, Chair of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences’ self-assessment team (SAT) team adds: ‘We are incredibly proud of achieving a Silver Award in the Division of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences; there is no doubt this would not have been possible done without the dedicated support of our SAT and full engagement of our colleagues within the division’.

Professor Anne Ridley, chair of the Athena SWAN SAT within the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, says: ‘The Randall Athena SWAN team has been working hard since January 2014 to improve the working environment and career advice in the Randall for all staff and students.  We achieved a Bronze Athena SWAN award in April 2015, and then worked on our Silver application, and are delighted to have achieved our Silver Award. We are looking forward to continue working with everyone in the Randall to develop new initiatives in the future’.

Dr Katherine Bristowe, from the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation concludes: ‘We are incredibly proud to hold a Silver Athena SWAN award, and it is a real testament to the hard work of our SAT, the senior team and all colleagues, who have enabled the principles of Athena SWAN to become imbedded in the department’.

Congratulations to the Divisions' staff and students for their commitment and hard work!