The Athena SWAN charter was established to help universities and research institutions create more equitable working environments for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics and rewards institutions that are making positive steps. In 2015, the charter was expanded to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, professional and support roles, and trans staff and students.
Claire Thurgate, Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, said: “I am delighted that the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has been successful in its application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. I would like to thank the Self-Assessment Team for the work they undertook in raising the awareness of Athena SWAN at the same time as the School was forming.
"The application process provided an opportunity to review where we were as a School and our aims more broadly in championing Equality, Diversion and Inclusion. I would like to acknowledge the contribution of all those who engaged with the process, helping to make sense of our environment and shaping our future.”
Stefania Ciocia, Acting Head of School of Humanities and Reader in Modern and Contemporary Literature (Subject Lead), said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in our application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. The development of the application coincided with a period of significant changes within the School of Humanities, and I want to acknowledge all the hard work that the Self-Assessment Team put into raising awareness of Athena SWAN, and championing more broadly the values of equality, diversity and inclusion.
"I am also grateful to all those members of staff who proactively engaged with the process, helping to shape our approach especially in the early stages of the task. This collegiality is one of our strengths, a source of resilience and a great starting point for us to continue to improve our working culture.”
The University has been an Athena SWAN charter member since 2015 and achieved an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2016. Since then, the University embarked on an ambitious plan for all schools to submit an Athena SWAN application by 2020 and to achieve an institutional Silver Award by 2023. With the addition of the School of Humanities and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, the University now has five schools which have achieved a Bronze Award.
Professor Mike Weed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), said: “I am thrilled that the School of Humanities and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work have both achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We want our University to be an inspiring workplace where everyone's skills and talents are nurtured and valued.
"The Award application process helps us to identify where our current policies and practices can be improved to better support gender equality and Athena SWAN accreditation supports our ambition to be seen as an employer of choice by staff, students, stakeholders, research councils and industry.”