Biosciences successfully gained an Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2018 and are continually working towards improving and transforming inclusivity in the department.
The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme run by Advance HE (previously the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which recognises the advancement of gender equality in terms of representation, progression and success for all. Our charter covers women and men in academic roles, professional and support staff and students in relation to their;
- progression into academia
- working environment
Athena SWAN principles
The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, Biosciences are committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within our departmental policies, practices, action plans and culture.
1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions.
4. We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
5. We commit to removing the obstacles faced by staff at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
6. We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
7. We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
8. We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
9. We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.
10. All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.