School of Biosciences

Athena SWAN award

The School of Biosciences have been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of advances we are making in gender equality. 

The School of Biosciences has been an Athena SWAN award holder since 2009 and the current silver award is valid until 2023.

Athena Swan Silver


Our initiatives

The School of Biosciences Equality and Diversity Committee has worked to introduce many initiatives to raise the profile of women in science including the ‘Redressing the Balance’ seminar series, posters highlighting eminent women in science, and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion blog.

The School have introduced many equality-based initiatives of benefit to all staff such as: 

  • the introduction of a flexible working policy
  • transparent and fairly advertised appointments to School Committees and senior leadership roles
  • workshops to support promotion applications
  • a Behavioural Charter which promotes equality and valuing everybody within the School

The School of Biosciences is committed to supporting career development and working to Athena SWAN principles for all our staff through its action plans for academic staff and for administrative, professional and managerial staff and technical staff.

Contact us

For further information please contact the Chair of the School’s Athena Swan self assessment team, Dr Christina Siettou or Mr David Chambers-Asman, Head of Operations.

From our staff

Dongfang Li

I appreciate our School’s support to me for the work and family balance. I think there are a lot of opportunities for women scientists to develop their careers, whichever job families they are in.

I have praised our Athena Swan Program for inspiring me to develop my career further in my file for Chartered Chemist award from Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dongfang Li
Technical Specialist (Animal Sciences)

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School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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