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Recipients of prestigious Athena SWAN award announced

ECU have announced the most recent institutions and departments to receive an Athena SWAN award, the charter that recognises commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

Ninety-seven awards were given out in total, comprising ten awards at institutional level and 87 at departmental level. University College London and the University of Edinburgh were successful in attaining the Athena SWAN Silver award, bringing the total number of institutions with a Silver award to seven.

Seven institutions also received a Bronze award. They were: Bournemouth University, The British Antarctic Survey, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, The University of Huddersfield, University of Hull, and University of Northumbria at Newcastle. The University of York also retained its Bronze award.

Elsewhere, 61 university departments received or retained Bronze awards, 24 departments received or retained their Silver awards, and the Department of Chemistry at the University of York successfully renewed its Gold award.

In total, 139 Athena SWAN applications were submitted, meaning the 97 awards given out yielded a 70% success rate, which is consistent with previous award rounds (Nov 13 -71%, April 14 – 69%, Nov 14 – 73%).

To coincide with the results, Equality Challenge Unit is also announcing the criteria for the new Athena SWAN institutional Gold award. This is the first time a Gold standard has ever been developed for institutions, and will require participating universities to demonstrate how they are beacons of achievement and champions of gender equality. An advanced awarding criteria will include an analysis of the gender profile of the institution’s leadership as well as an assessment of how gender equality features in its curriculum and pedagogy.

Sarah Dickinson, Head of Equality Charters at Equality Challenge Unit said:

Equality Challenge Unit is delighted to recognise the 97 institutions and departments who have succeeded in either earning or retaining an Athena SWAN award. In an ever changing higher education landscape, we realise that participating in the charter is a significant undertaking, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all those who participated for their demonstrable commitment to tackling gender inequality.

I’d also like to thank those departments who submitted applications but were unsuccessful. As always, the demands of the charter mean that it’s often not possible for everyone to receive an award, but we are grateful to those departments for participating and look forward to working alongside them to encourage resubmitting in future rounds.

We are also tremendously excited to announce the criteria for our institutional Gold award. This award takes the Athena SWAN charter to an exciting new level, and provides us with an opportunity to recognise the exemplars of the sector, and celebrate the achievements of those institutions leading the way in creating diverse and inclusive learning environments.

The Athena SWAN award winners in this round are:

Published date: October 1, 2015

Bronze department awards >
Bangor University, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Birkbeck College, Department of Biological Sciences
Cardiff University, School of Computer Science and Informatics
Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Sciences
Durham University, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Durham University, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
Heriot-Watt University, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Imperial College London, Department of Bioengineering
Keele University, School of Physical & Geographical Sciences
Kings College London, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS)
Newcastle University, School of Biomedical Sciences
Newcastle University, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Newcastle University, School of Chemistry
Newcastle University, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Newcastle University, School of Marine Science and Technology
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Division of DNBSPPR (Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography)
Ulster University, School of Nursing
University College London, Division of Biosciences
University College London, Science and Technology Studies
University of Bath, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
University of Bath, Department of Computer Science
University of Bath, Department of Chemistry
University of Bath, Department of Physics
University of Brighton, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
University of Bristol, School of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Sciences
University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory
University of Dundee, School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
University of Dundee, School of Computing
University of East Anglia, School of Computing Sciences
University of East Anglia, School of Mathematics
University of Essex, Department of Health and Human Sciences
University of Exeter, Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Exeter, Department of Engineering
University of Glasgow, School of Computing Science
University of Glasgow, School of veterinary medicine
University of Kent, School of Psychology
University of Leeds, School of Dentistry
University of Leeds, School of Psychology
University of Leicester, School of Medicine
University of Lincoln, School of Sport and Exercise Science
University of Lincoln, School of Computer Science
University of Oxford, Department of Zoology
University of Portsmouth, School of Biological Sciences
University of Portsmouth, Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield, Mechanical Engineering
University of St Andrews, School of Biology
University of St Andrews, School of Medicine
University of Stirling, School of Health Sciences
University of Stirling, Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of Strathclyde, Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
Bronze department renewals >
Imperial College London, Department of Life Sciences
Queen Mary, University of London, School of Engineering and Materials Science
Swansea University, College of Human and Health Sciences
University of Bristol, School of Chemistry
University of Manchester, School of Medicine
University of Manchester, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
University of Oxford, Department of Oncology
University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS)
University of Oxford, Radcliffe Department of Medicine
Bronze institution awards >
Bournemouth University
British Antarctic Survey
Edge Hill University
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
University of Huddersfield
University of Hull
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Bronze institution renewal >
University of York
Gold department renewals >
University of York, Department of Chemistry
Silver department awards >
King's College London, Division of Immunology, Infection and Inflammatory Diseases
Newcastle University, Institute of Genetic Medicine
University College London, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science
University College London, Institute of Neurology
University of Bristol, School of Clinical Sciences
University of Glasgow, Institute of Health and Wellbeing
University of Liverpool, Institute of Psychology, Health & Society
University of Manchester, School of Dentistry
University of Oxford, Department of Biochemistry
University of Oxford, Department of Chemistry
University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford, Department of Paediatrics
University of Oxford, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG)
University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Population Health
University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences
University of Oxford, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology
University of Southampton, Faculty of Medicine
Silver department renewals >
Imperial College London, Department of Physics
Queen's University Belfast, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Royal Holloway, Department of Physics
University College London, Department of Biochemical Engineering
University of Manchester, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
University of Manchester, Faculty of Life Sciences
Silver institution awards >
University College London
University of Edinburgh