School of Healthcare wins Athena Swan Silver award

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Silver award recognises action to advance the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine and gender balance across disciplines and roles.

The Athena Swan Charter was created by The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)  to recognise the commitment of higher education and research bodies in advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) subjects. More recently, the charter's award focuses on gender balance across disciplines and roles and this is where most of our delivery plans focus.

Colleagues have invested great energy and commitment into improving gender equality and inclusion across the School to help make it a better place to study and work.  Our ongoing commitment and delivery plan can be found here.

Head of the School of Healthcare, Dr Janet Hirst said, "I would like to express my thanks to Professor Anne-Maree Keenan who led the development of our submission alongside members of our School Assessment Team. Our application was assessed using the latest criteria from the ECU which for the first time included consideration of information from staff working in professional, managerial and administrative roles – this makes the award even more meaningful and the first In the University using the new criteria."

About the Athena Swan award

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions across all four nations of the UK and in colleges in Scotland. We provide a central resource of advice and guidance for the sector.

Their approach is evidence-based, using research to identify and change practices that unfairly exclude, marginalise or disadvantage people. This evidence supports institutions to remove barriers to progression and success for all staff and students and the School of Healthcare believes that everyone should have the opportunities and support to succeed.