Engineering Design and Mathematics at UWE Bristol secures Athena SWAN award

Issue date: 27 April 2015

Athena Swan Bronze Award logo

UWE Bristol's Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics has been successful in securing an Athena SWANaward.

Athena SWAN awards recognise institutions' and departments' commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research.

The department was successful in their application for a Bronze Award, the process for which included:

· Assessing how well equality of opportunity is promoted.

· Identifying areas for improvement.

· Describing how women will be supported at key career points.

· Explaining how a culture of inclusivity will be promoted.

· Deciding upon actions to address any gender imbalances.

The award will be officially presented in a ceremony on 15 June 2015, at which around 100 other HE institutions, research centres and individual schools and departments will receive their awards.

UWE Bristol has already achieved a Bronze Award at institution level and awarded Bronze Awards for the departments of Biological, Biomedical and Analytical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery and Allied Health Professions.

Dr Catherine Hobbs, Head of Department: Engineering Design & Mathematics, said, “The Department is delighted that our progress in developing good practice supporting women in engineering and maths has been recognised by Athena SWAN. Good practice tends to be good for everyone, while bad practice tends to impact particularly on women. By improving our practices we can achieve a better environment for all staff and students.”

This month, Athena SWAN – which is an Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) initiative – is being brought together with the ECU's gender equality charter mark. This will expand the charter and allow arts, humanities, social science, business and law departments to apply. It will also cover wider issues of gender inequality and consider the progression of professional, technical and support staff.

For more information on studying at UWE Bristol, visit the Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics website

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