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Athena SWAN results

Published: 28/04/2016

First ECU's Athena SWAN awards covering non-STEMM subjects and professional and support staff announced.

New Athena SWAN logo 140x92Seven institutions, 76 departments and one research institute have gained Athena SWAN awards today, recognising their commitment to gender equality and career progression in higher education.

For the first time, this awards round was open to arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law departments (AHSSBL) alongside science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

Five AHSSBL departments have been successful in gaining the new Bronze award. Durham University’s School of Government and International Affairs is joined by the Schools of Modern Languages and of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Schools of Economics and of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

In May 2015 the Athena SWAN Charter criteria was expanded to include the progression of professional and support staff, as well as academics. The University of Westminster is the first to receive an institutional Bronze award, one of 14 successful applicants using this expanded criteria.

Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield joined the elite group of universities holding Silver institution awards, bringing the total number with this award to nine. Additionally, the Institute of Cancer Research was awarded a Silver research institute award, bringing the total number to three.

Ruth Gilligan, ECU’s Athena SWAN manager said:

‘We are delighted to announce the 84 successful awards today. It is the culmination of many months work for institutions and departments, and for ECU as well. We held 32 assessment panels over the course of 11 weeks, and would like to thank the 168 panelists from across the sector for taking part.

‘It is encouraging to see universities engaging with the Athena SWAN Charter across disciplines, and rolling out the benefits of this work to colleagues in professional and support roles. It is a pleasure to confer the first awards to applicants under the expanded criteria.

‘We have seen a slight decrease in the overall success rate of applications, 66% down from 70% in the previous round. We provide unsuccessful applicants with full feedback straight away, so they know which areas to prioritise and where they are doing well. The difference in success rates can be attributed to the lower success rate of applications using the new process. We are providing ongoing support for applicants in how to participate in the expanded charter, through materials and workshops.’

Institution awards

InstitutionAward level
University of BradfordBronze
University of SalfordBronze
University of the West of ScotlandBronze
University of WestminsterBronze
University of East AngliaBronze renewal
Institute of Cancer ResearchSilver
Newcastle UniversitySilver
University of SheffieldSilver

Department awards

InstitutionDepartmentAward level
Bangor UniversitySchool of PsychologyBronze
Birkbeck CollegeDepartment of Psychological SciencesBronze
Cardiff UniversitySchool of DentistryBronze
Durham University Department of Earth SciencesBronze
Durham University Department of Mathematical SciencesBronze
Durham University School of Government and International AffairsBronze
Heriot-Watt University School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and SocietyBronze
King's College LondonDivision of Cancer StudiesBronze
King's College LondonDivision of Health and Social Care ResearchBronze
King's College LondonDivision of Palliative Care, Policy and RehabilitationBronze
Lancaster UniversityDepartment of ChemistryBronze
Queen's University BelfastSchool of Modern LanguagesBronze
Queen's University BelfastSchool of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Bronze
Sheffield Hallam University Department of Nursing and MidwiferyBronze
Ulster University School of Computing and Intelligent SystemsBronze
Ulster UniversitySchool of EngineeringBronze
University College LondonInstitute of Clinical Trials and MethodologyBronze
University of BathDepartment for HealthBronze
University of BathDepartment of Biology and BiochemistryBronze
University of CambridgeDepartment of Earth SciencesBronze
University of CambridgeDepartment of PathologyBronze
University of EdinburghSchool of EconomicsBronze
University of EdinburghSchool of History, Classics and ArchaeologyBronze
University of GlasgowInstitute of Cardiovascular and Medical SciencesBronze
University of HuddersfieldSchool of Applied SciencesBronze
University of HullDepartment of ChemistryBronze
University of LeedsFaculty of EnvironmentBronze
University of LiverpoolSchool of Environmental SciencesBronze
University of NottinghamSchool of PharmacyBronze
University of Oxford Department of PharmacologyBronze
University of PortsmouthDepartment of Sport and Exercise ScienceBronze
University of PortsmouthInstitute of Cosmology and GravitationBronze
University of PortsmouthSchool of Pharmacy and Biomedical SciencesBronze
University of St AndrewsDepartment of Earth and Environmental SciencesBronze
University of SurreyDepartment of Mechanical Engineering Science Bronze
Cardiff University School of ChemistryBronze renewal
Cardiff UniversitySchool of EngineeringBronze renewal
Imperial College London Department of Surgery and CancerBronze renewal
London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineFaculty of Epidemiology and Population HealthBronze renewal
Plymouth UniversityPeninsula Schools of Medicine and DentistryBronze renewal
Queen Mary, University of LondonInstitute of DentistryBronze renewal
Sheffield Hallam UniversityPsychology GroupBronze renewal
University College LondonDivision of Surgery and Interventional ScienceBronze renewal
University of BrightonBrighton and Sussex Medical SchoolBronze renewal
University of LeedsSchool of MedicineBronze renewal
University of NottinghamSchool of Mathematical SciencesBronze renewal
University of ReadingSchool of Chemistry, Food and PharmacyBronze renewal
University of ReadingSchool of Psychology and Clinical Language SciencesBronze renewal
University of Southampton Ocean and Earth SciencesBronze renewal
University of WarwickSchool of EngineeringBronze renewal
University of YorkDepartment of MathsBronze renewal
King's College London Division of Genetics and Molecular MedicineSilver
King's College LondonDivision of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical EngineeringSilver
King's College LondonDivision of Transplantation Immunology and Mucosal BiologySilver
Open UniversityDepartment of Physical Sciences Silver
Swansea University Medical SchoolSilver
University College LondonDepartment of Computer ScienceSilver
University College LondonEastman Dental InstituteSilver
University of CambridgeDepartment of ChemistrySilver
University of EdinburghSchool of Clinical Sciences and School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health SciencesSilver
University of EdinburghVet SchoolSilver
University of ExeterPsychologySilver
University of LeedsFaculty of EngineeringSilver
University of LeicesterDepartment of Cardiovascular SciencesSilver
University of Leicester Department of Infection, Immunity and InflammationSilver
University of ManchesterSchool of MedicineSilver
University of Manchester School of Physics and AstronomySilver
University of NottinghamSchool of MedicineSilver
University of Oxford Radcliffe Department of MedicineSilver
University of ReadingSchool of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (Human and Environmental Science)Silver
University of SheffieldDepartment of ChemistrySilver
University of SheffieldDepartment of Materials Science and EngineeringSilver
University of SussexSchool of Life SciencesSilver
Sheffield Hallam UniversityDepartment of BiosciencesSilver renewal
University of SheffieldAnimal and Plant SciencesSilver renewal
University of YorkDepartment of PsychologySilver renewal