School of Life Science's commitment to women's careers recognised

13 May 2014 13:46:09.190

The University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences has been given the Athena SWAN silver award for the first time — part of a prestigious national scheme to recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in the STEMM subjects — science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

Life Sciences is the latest school to be awarded the distinction at the University, joining six other schools across three faculties. The award is only given to schools and departments which have identified challenges affecting women’s career progress, and set out clear actions to address these challenges. Holders of the award must also demonstrate that these actions have been implemented, and show their impact.

“We are delighted to receive this award,” said Professor Ian McDonald, Head of the School of Life Sciences. “Ensuring that women at all points in their career have access to support, guidance and opportunity is key to the development of the whole school.

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The School of Physics and Astronomy has seen its silver award renewed — marking out its continuing commitment to tackling gender inequality and promoting the progression of women in science. 

Awards are granted for three years, after which departments must reapply.

The Athena SWAN Charter, launched in June 2005, recognises and awards commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM disciplines in higher education. The charter aims to ensure that women are adequately represented in traditionally male-dominated subjects. Research cannot reach its full potential without the talents of the whole population and until men and women are given equally the opportunities which arise.

The Faculty of Engineering, School of Biosciences, Division of Otorhinolaryngology, School of Pharmacy and School of Psychology also hold silver Athena Swan awards. The bronze award is held by the School of Community Health Sciences, School of Computer Sciences, School of Geography, School of Mathematical Sciences, School of Chemistry and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy. 

The University of Nottingham also has an institutional silver award — only two other UK Universities that hold the same honour — Queen’s University Belfast and Imperial College London.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university in the UK among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World’s Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

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