Award recognises University’s commitment to gender equality

Thursday, 06 October 2016

Athena SWAN award logo

Oxford Brookes has received an Athena SWAN Award in recognition of the University’s advancements in gender equality, representation and progression.

The University submitted an application in April and has today been awarded a Bronze Award as part of a newly developed Athena SWAN. 

Oxford Brookes takes its role in ensuring gender equality very seriously and seeks to foster an environment in which everyone can thrive.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships

In 2015, the Athena SWAN Charter and Gender Equality Charter Marks merged, and the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, in professional and support roles and for trans staff and students.

The Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter was originally established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. 

This University-wide accolade follows the news last year that the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences had been awarded a departmental Athena SWAN Silver Award. 

A dedicated team at Oxford Brookes has been progressing this important area of work, led by Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships Professor Linda King, which involved work with staff and students from across the University.  

Responding to the announcement, Professor King said: “Oxford Brookes takes its role in ensuring gender equality very seriously and seeks to foster an environment in which everyone can thrive. The work of Athena SWAN is important in recognising this commitment, but also in identifying and driving further change. It is therefore a great achievement for Oxford Brookes to receive this award.  

“The University has demonstrated not only what it is currently doing, but also how we can improve further through ongoing work. I would therefore like to thank the many staff and students who have contributed to this agenda and look forward to building on this further.” 

Oxford Brookes has a strong history of supporting gender equality amongst staff, students and with partner organisations. The University is also involved with a number of external initiatives, ranging from support of Soapbox Science to inspire the next generation of female scientists, to the continued work of Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice including recent findings on diversity on boards in academia and the private sector.

Further information on Athena Swan is available on the ECU website.