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The Medical Sciences Division is committed to providing an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected, to assist them in reaching their full potential. This is reflected in that all of our departments and units currently hold an Athena SWAN award (a total of 16 Silver and 1 Bronze Athena SWAN awards across the Medical Sciences Division).

Athena SWAN Award ceremonyThe Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

The Athena SWAN Charter supports good employment practices for women in higher education.

Going through the Athena SWAN application process gives departments the space to reflect on, and celebrate, current organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality. Athena SWAN also offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for both men and women.

The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, we are committed to a progressive charter and to adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.

Departments can apply for awards in three levels: 

  • Bronze - this award recognises that the department has identified particular challenges and is planning activities for the future
  • Silver - this award recognises that the department has taken action in response to previously identified challenges and can demonstrate the impact of implemented actions
  • Gold - this award recognises sustained progression and achievement by the department in promoting gender equality and to address challenges particular to the discipline

Our Athena SWAN team are here to help and answer your questions.