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Medicine and engineering make headway on gender equality

Published: 26/09/2013

Athena SWAN awards show success of medical schools

Medical schools and clinical departments made up 30% of all successful awards in the latest round of the Athena SWAN Charter awards, announced today (26 September 2013).

This group also had a high application success rate of 81%, higher than the overall success rate of 78%. Engineering departments were the second largest group, gaining 9% of all successful awards.

The department of Chemistry at Imperial College London was successful in gaining the fourth ever Gold award, and the University of Warwick has become the fourth Silver level university.

Sarah Dickinson is the Athena SWAN Manager:

‘I’m delighted to see that medical schools and clinical departments are making such headway in developing a culture of gender equality, and helping women to progress their careers.

The take up of the Athena SWAN Charter by this group is encouraging, and it is good to see so many achieving awards successfully.

In the last round, overall only 47% of all submissions were successful at the level they applied for. We found that many departments were trying to go straight in at Silver level, or move up before they had developed the strong foundations recognised by a bronze award.

In this round 58% of all applications were made at bronze level, and 61% of all applications were successful at the level they applied for.’

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About Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN awards recognise success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine departments in higher education.

Athena SWAN is owned by Equality Challenge Unit, and funded by ECU, the Department of Health, the Royal Society, the Scottish Funding Council and the Biochemical Society.