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More universities focusing on gender equality across all departments

Published: 06/10/2016

ECU’s Athena SWAN awards announced

100 ECU Athena SWAN awards have been announced in the latest round – achieved by universities, research institutes and departments for their commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

The awards include the first Silver level institution award using the expanded Athena SWAN criteria.

Imperial College London have successfully progressed from their previous institutional Silver award covering science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines, to one which includes gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law departments (AHSSBL). The expanded criteria also includes gender equality for professional and support staff, rather than solely focusing on academic careers.

The University of Southampton also received a Silver institutional award, under the original STEMM criteria.

Three other universities joined the list of those recognised for their gender equality across AHSSBL and STEMM disciplines, with Oxford Brookes University, University of Brighton and University of Glasgow receiving Bronze institutional awards.

ECU was also delighted to announce two Gold department awards. University College London’s MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology progressed from Silver to receive their first Gold award, while Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Biological Sciences successfully renewed their existing Gold award.

Dr Ruth Gilligan, ECU’s Athena SWAN manager said:

‘This is the second awards round where institutions and departments have been able to apply for recognition of their work in AHSSBL disciplines as well as STEMM, and we were delighted to see the number of applications using the new criteria.

Imperial’s progression to extend their Silver award across all departments is a great achievement, and shows that the Athena SWAN framework, so successful in having an impact for STEMM academics for over ten years, can be successfully extended to other subjects and career paths.

‘There was a 60 per cent success rate for applicants using the new criteria, which is up from 56 per cent in the previous awards round. This is good progress, and we will continue to support institutions and departments as they engage with the new process and criteria.’

In total, 158 Athena SWAN Charter applications were submitted in this awards round. The 100 successful awards represents an overall success rate of 65%, and are broken down into 72 Bronze awards, 24 Silver and 2 Golds.