Staff from the College of Human and Health Sciences and invited guests from across the University celebrated the College attaining an Athena SWAN Bronze Award at a special celebration event held during January.

At the event, Professor Ceri Phillips, Acting Head of College, stressed the importance of the Athena SWAN award and the commitment of the executive team to promoting gender equality throughout the College to make it a reality.

Professor Joy Merrell, Chair of the College’s Athena SWAN Strategy group gave background information regarding the Athena SWAN bronze award, presented staff data which had been collected as part of the Athena SWAN application and shared some preliminary findings from the online staff survey on gender equality and culture in the College. She highlighted the many initiatives which the College has already implemented to support gender equality, such as positive action to widen the pool of applicants for academic posts in male dominated subject areas, establishing the role of Athena SWAN Champions and achieving a 100% completion rate in the last round of performance enabling reviews.

Joy stated that the College’s commitment to promoting gender equality has now been recognised through the Athena SWAN bronze award, but that the College is on a journey and needs to demonstrate the impact of gender equality initiatives and sustained progression and achievement if the College's aspiration to become a beacon of achievement in gender equality is to become a reality.

Athena SWAN is a national charter which recognizes and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) in higher education and research.

The College of Human and Health Sciences started the new academic year celebrating the success of achieving an Athena SWAN bronze departmental award; the first College award in Swansea University.