University honoured for dedication to equality

Swansea University is celebrating after being rewarded for its ongoing commitment to gender equality.

As part of the Athena SWAN Charter scheme run by the Equality Challenge Unit, the University already holds a silver institutional award - one of only 13 universities in the UK, and the first non-Russell Group University to achieve this.

Now following latest submissions the University’s College of Engineering has upgraded its previous bronze to a silver award while the Medical School has renewed its existing silver award, which has been extended to include its professional services staff.

In addition the physics department Practitioner status, converted its existing Juno Practitioner status, awarded by the Institute of Physics in recognition of their promotion of gender equality, into an Athena SWAN bronze award.

Congratulating colleagues, Swansea University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle thanked everyone involved in the successful submissions.

He said: “It takes a lot of hard work and determination to identify improvements and embed them into our processes.

“Our Athena SWAN successes demonstrate our intent to provide an inclusive and supportive environment that enables our staff and students to fulfil their potential. This demonstrates our determined commitment to improving diversity. ”

The University’s is now hoping to add to the success and will be making three further submissions for a bronze award next month – for the Computational Foundry, the Department of Geography and the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. 

Next April the College of Human and Health Sciences will apply for the renewal of its silver award and the College of Arts and Humanities will apply for a bronze. In addition the School of Management also holds a bronze award.

Read more about Athena SWAN at Swansea University.

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