The Athena Swan Charter was launched in 2005 by the Equality Challenge Unit (now Advance HE) to advance and highlight the careers of women involved in STEMM subjects: science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. In May 2015, the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded and now encompasses the development and progression of ALL students and staff – men and women, academic, professional and support - and in all disciplines not just STEMM disciplines.
The University signed up to the charter in 2009 and since then, the School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) has been awarded the Silver Award twice, in 2014 and 2017. The University overall was awarded Silver in 2018.
At EAS, we have a dedicated self-assessment team that meets every term, leading the analysis and review of the data and opinions that we gather. In between those meetings, we monitor and resolve issues, celebrate successes and record our progress and effort in being a beacon of equality and diversity for others.
Above all, we are open to excellence in equality and diversity and embracing change.