Athena SWAN Silver award success

The Schools of Earth and Environment, Geography and the Institute for Transport Studies have been awarded Athena SWAN Silver award.

This is evidence of our strong commitment to supporting women at all levels in the schools, and our broader inclusion strategy, which uses gender as catalyst to address broader challenges faced by students and staff from under-represented groups (including gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability).

This prestigious Athena SWAN Silver award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector, is given in recognition of our strong and continued commitment to gender equality and reflects the significant progress made over the past three years.

The submission identified key achievements in supporting women's careers through multiple activities including promotion workshops, writing retreats and a renewed protocol covering return to work after periods of leave, to name but a few.

The submission also contained an ambitious action plan to improve our support further, which we will now put into practice over the next three years. Key topics include support for staff on non-permanent contracts, enhancing access to training, improving the SDRS experience, promoting mentoring uptake and enhancing the visibility of female staff and of our equality and inclusion policies.