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First overseas department receives an Athena SWAN Charter award

Published: 25/09/2014

Athena SWAN award winners announced

The Faculty of Science at the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus became the first international department to be awarded an ECU Athena SWAN award today. The awards recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in higher education and research.

Seven institutions, including two research institutes, achieved their first ever Athena SWAN award in the first of two awards rounds this year. Overall, 83 higher education institutions, research institutes and individual schools and departments will receive awards. The University of Cambridge achieved a prestigious silver institution award – now held by only five institutions.

Sarah Dickinson, Athena SWAN charter manger at Equality Challenge Unit, said:

‘Congratulations to the University of Nottingham in Malaysia Faculty of Science for becoming our first international holder of an ECU Athena SWAN award, to all our new award holders and to those successfully renewing or upgrading previous awards.

Medical schools and their related departments did particularly well in this round, with an 82% success rate. However, we saw a lower than usual overall success rate of 69% – in the last round 71% were successful.

To be successful, applicants to the charter mark need to undertake detailed analysis of their practices, enabling them to plan measurable action that makes a real impact. Whether you are building on a previous award, or going for your first, it is vital to focus your work to make a difference.’

The awards ceremony will be held on 6 November at the University of Cambridge. ECU will be launching a pilot of Athena SWAN for higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland on 24 November.