School Awarded Athena Swan Silver

The School of Physics has been awarded the prestigious Athena Swan Silver Award by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)

The award was created as a way to recognise an institution’s commitment to tackle gender inequality in higher education.

The school already held Athena Swan bronze status, and the silver award follows the granting of Juno Champion status to the department from the Institute of Physics earlier this year.

Ruth Gilligan, ECU’s Athena SWAN manager said: “It is encouraging to see universities engaging with the Athena SWAN Charter across disciplines, and rolling out the benefits of this work to colleagues in professional and support roles.”

Head of School Professor Steve Watts said “The School is delighted that all the hard work and dedication of staff and students to embed Juno and Athena SWAN principles into our operations has been recognised”

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science.

More information on the award can be found on the website of the Equality Challenge Unit

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