Athena SWAN Charter for Women in STEM
The Athena SWAN Charter aims to advance representation of women in science, engineering and technology. It promotes and rewards good employment practice in the recruitment, retention and progression of female academics.
To find more about the principles of the Charter:
To find more about the University Bronze Award,
School of Chemistry Athena SWAN Bronze Award Application
Equality and Diversity at the University of Birmingham
Find out more about Equality and Diversity at the University of Birmingham Equality and Diversity webpages, our commitment to equality, and access resources available on the intranet for current staff and students.
The Equality and Diversity Committee
The group is set up to assess data involving gender information, policies and procedures in the School and work towards the recognition of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
How to get involved
Please contact one of the members of the group.
Equality and Diversity events
- 28th June 2016, Athena SWAN Seminar delivered by Professor Tom Welton, Imperial College London, 13:00-15:00, Haworth 203
- 20th April 2016, Towards an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, 12:00-14:00, Mechanical and Civil Engineering B01
This workshop will explore how EPS teaching and learning can be more LGBTQ (lesbian,gay,bisexual,transgender,queer)-inclusive and the benefits of this for the learning experience of all students. The workshop is being run as part of an award-winning CLAD-funded project led by Dr Nicki Ward and Dr Nicola Gale from the College of Social Sciences. They will share their findings of a recent research project to examine the extent to which the teaching and learning environment at the University of Birmingham is LGBTQ-inclusive – presenting data with a particular focus on the experience of EPS staff and students. There will be opportunities for staff to share their experiences in a confidential environment and to discuss how best to drive change and improvement.Please could you confirm attendance for catering purposes by completing the online form.
- 23rd March 2016, Issues impacting on BME students, and approaches to race equality 13:00, LR2, Arts & Law Building
Jane Tope, Equality and Diversity Adviser for Students, and lead for the BME student ambassador project aimed at promoting race equality, will be hosting a 1-hour session about issues that impact on BME students, and approaches to race equality.This is a CLAD-LS event. Please book with Pat Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name and School/Department if you would like to attend, as places are limited.
- 11th March 2016, LGBTQ inclusivity in HE 13:00-17:00, Room 714/715 7th Floor Muirhead Tower
- 8th March 2016, International Women’s Day Networking Event 16:30, The Barber Institute.
A free drop-in event for staff and students hosted by Beat Freeks, an award winning social enterprise based in Birmingham. Beat Freeks pioneer new ways of engaging and empowering young people through a blend of arts and media. This event includes opportunities for networking, a “Not On” campaign update and entertainment from Beat Freeks and the Guild of Students.
- 3rd November 2015, Athena SWAN Seminar 13:00 - Prof. Jane Hill, University of York (Biosciences E102) - "Path to Athena SWAN Gold - Some Reflections from Biology at York"
- 20th July 2015, Career Talk 09:30 - Prof. Eric Anslyn, University of Texas (Haworth 203) - "Professor Anslyn: Career in Research"
- 29th June 2015, Athena SWAN Seminar 14:00 - Prof. Paul Walton, University of York (Haworth 101) "Equality for Women in Science: Now, Sometime, Never?"
- 24th March 2015, Physics International Women's Day Celebration 13:30 - Prof. Yvonne Elsworth, University of Birmingham (The Barber Institute, Lecture Theatre G11) "A Random Walk From Undergraduate to Poynting Professor"
- 5th February 2015, Athena SWAN Workshop 12:30 - Dr Brendan Burchell, University of Cambridge (Muirhead Tower 710) "Employment and Well-Being: How Much Work Should We Do in the 'Good Life'?"•
- 30th June 2014 School Seminar Prof. Eileen Ingham, University of Leeds "Research, translation and commercialisation of acellular biological scaffolds"
- 24th June 2014, 3rd RSC Younger Member Symposium (YMS2014) Prof. Lesley Yellowlees, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry “Identity, Impact and Voice or ‘How did I get here?'”
- 9th October 2013, Athena SWAN Seminar Prof. Dame Athene Donald, University of Cambridge "Facilitating Women's Progression to the Top"
- 2nd November 2012, Athena SWAN Seminar Professor Robin Perutz, FRS, "Activities at York" Chemistry College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Staff house
- 13th September 2012, Athena SWAN Information Event, School of Chemistry
- 13th September 2012, Women in Science Network Evening, RSC Birmingham and West Midlands, Winterbourne Gardens, UoB
- 28th January 2012, Athena SWAN Information Event: Data and Activities in Chemistry.
Equality and Diversity Outreach events
Examples of recent Equality and Diversity Outreach events
- 21st - 22nd April 2016 - The School of Chemistry again hosts the Salter's Festival of Chemistry, with participation from numerous schools across the West Midlands
- 17th and 19th March 2016 – Dr Mark Read runs spectroscopy and dry ice demos at the BigBang, NEC, Birmingham
- 1st March 2016 – Dr Mark Read visits Malvern St. James Girls’ School to deliver “Spectroscopy in a suitcase”
- 15th February 2016 – Dr Mark Read delivers a lecture on the “Spectroscopy of Stars” at Leicester Space Centre
- 16th September 2015 - Dr Louise Male hosted a "Girls in STEM" workshop in the School of Chemistry
- 15th July 2015 - Dr Sarah Horswell ran a "Headstart - Materials for Energy" workshop
Archived Equality and Diversity Outreach events
- A group of students with the alginate molecule they built at a recent Girls in STEM Day.
- Emily Doyle, a 2nd Year Undergraduate, represented the Chemical Sciences at the RSC Three Counties Show.
Student parent/carer resources
Guild of students
Volunteering activities that the students run include:
Children’s holiday activities and sport
Useful links and resources
Royal Society Athena Prize
The Royal Society Athena Prize is awarded biennially (in even years) for “individuals or teams, working in UK academic and research communities, who have contributed most to the advancement of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within their communities”.
The recipient(s) of the prize receives a medal and a gift of £5,000 and runners-up will receive a gift of £1,000.
Application deadline: 29 March 2016, 6pm
Funding available for participation in National Equality & Diversity events
The EPS Equality and Diversity group, is currently working on a number of exciting initiatives to give greater visibility to the Equality and Diversity agenda within the College. Funding is available to support attendance at national E&D events. Details of various forthcoming events are listed on the EPS Equality Diversity blog.
L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships Programme
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships Programme awards five outstanding female post-doctoral scientists a fellowship of £15,000.
The fellowships are open to female postdoctoral researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences. This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female post-doctoral researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.
Application deadline: 11 March 2016