Athena SWAN award recognises school's commitment to supporting women in academia

Posted on Tuesday 6th May 2014

Jessica PykettThe School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has won an Athena SWAN Bronze award for its commitment to supporting the careers of women in academia. 

Athena SWAN recognises success in developing employment practices that promote gender equality in the areas of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

The award follows an independent evaluation into the impact of Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter, which found that the scheme improves workplace culture and attitudes within participating departments and universities.

Dr Jessica Pykett, the School’s Athena SWAN lead, said: “The School covers many academic subject areas in which female staff and students are represented to different extents. We have therefore set out to identify positive actions we can take in each disciplinary area to address any imbalances. 

“The bronze award recognises that we have a rigorous action plan to support and promote women in academia, and we have committed to working together across the whole school to encourage female progression and ensure a positive workplace culture for all.”