Swansea University receives Athena SWAN silver award

Swansea University has been formally recognised for its commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the prestigious Athena SWAN silver institutional award in the latest review round by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).

Swansea University is the only institution to receive the silver award in this latest round, and the first institution in Wales to have achieved the coveted award. 

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter is a highly successful international programme, which has grown from ten founding university members in 2005 to 146 UK university and research institute members, recognising institutions’ and departments’ commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education and research.

Athena SWAN Silver award logoThe University first achieved a bronze institutional award in 2009 and successfully renewed this award in 2013. This silver institutional award recognises a significant record of achievement, activity and impact, and adds to the collection of existing bronze awards across every STEM subject including silver for the Medical School and the College of Human and Health Sciences.

Professor Hillary Lappin-Scott, senior pro-vice-chancellor and Athena SWAN Champion, said: “This is fantastic news! We have worked extremely hard to greatly increase diversity and inclusivity at every level. Our efforts moving forward will be directed towards ensuring continued progressMy thanks go to Professor Joy Merrell – who led on the University application, the University Self-Assessment Team and all of our staff as it is their continued hard work that has ensured our improvement, as a result of our “utilising all our talent” initiatives”.

Raymond Ciborowski, chair of the University Equality Committee, said: “I am delighted that the University has gained national recognition for the advancement of gender equality.  We celebrate the achievements already made and will continue our efforts to pursue fairness with regards to areas such as gender pay, and diversity in senior appointments across the university.”

As we look forward to celebrating our centenary in 2020, this award demonstrates our ongoing ambition that Swansea University provides an inclusive and supportive environment that upholds our commitment to improving diversity and enables staff and students to fulfil their potential.

The full list of winners is available on ECU’s website.