Brookes recognised for tackling gender inequality

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer

Oxford Brookes has received an award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) for its work in helping to reduce gender bias.

The Athena SWAN Awards, which are led by the ECU, recognise success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine departments in higher education.

Oxford Brookes was announced as a Bronze Award winner today, with the accolade identifying that the University has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

This week, Oxford Brookes hosted the latest initiative as part of a series of Women and Leadership events

Organised by the Bacchus Society of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Tuesday’s event brought together students, academics, alumni, practitioners and all those who strive to close the gender gap amongst leaders in the international hospitality and tourism industry. This was further to a successful two-day Women and Leadership conference led by the University’s Centre for Diversity Policy Research.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, said: “This award is recognition for Oxford Brookes’ efforts in tackling gender inequality. However, we also recognise that there is further progress to be made both within the University and across the sector. The Centre for Diversity Policy Research, which is based here at Oxford Brookes, continues to do conduct important research which is helping to improve issues related to equality and diversity.”

The Athena SWAN Charter awards have been running since 2005, recognising the commitment of the higher education sector to address gender inequalities, tackle the unequal representation of women in science and to improve career progression for female academics.