Athena Swan in the College
The College of Life Sciences is committed to providing a good working environment for its staff and students and in April 2020 was successful in achieving a Silver Athena Swan award. This national award is in recognition of the actions that have already been put in place across the Schools and Departments of our College, the impact they have had, and of our future plans to address gender inequality collectively. This positive action in the form of good practice that arises from implementation of the Athena Swan ethos is of benefit to everyone in higher education, irrespective of gender.
This College level award replaced the following departmental awards:
- Molecular and Cell Biology Silver Award 2018
- Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour Bronze Award 2018
- Health Sciences Silver Award 2017
- Genetics and Genome Biology Bronze Award 2016
- Leicester Cancer Research Centre Silver Award 2016
- Cardiovascular Sciences Silver Award 2015
- Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Silver Award 2015
About the Athena Swan Charter
The Athena Swan Charter recognises advancements in gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. The Charter was established in June 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The Charter was expanded in May 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.
The importance of Athena Swan
The Charter examines the representation of women (and men), the progression of students into academia, the journey through career milestones and how gender may affect these areas and the working environment for all staff. We know that women are under-represented in science - the more senior the role, the greater the deficit. In some disciplines there is significant under-representation of women at all levels. Disciplines with under-representation run the risk of missing talented people it would otherwise gain and retain, and disciplines dominated by one gender are likely to have an unbalanced approach.
Find out more about Athena Swan on a national level.