Faculty of Health and Life Sciences awarded Athena SWAN Silver

Friday, 01 May 2015

Athena SWAN Silver

Athena SWAN Silver has been awarded to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes in recognition of their commitment to advancing women’s careers in science and medicine in higher education.

The latest round of awards announced by the Equality Challenge Unit last Thursday (23 April) means that Health and Life Sciences is the first Faculty in the University to be awarded Silver status. The University was awarded Institutional Bronze status in 2012.

This award recognises our commitment to developing and supporting women in science over many years, but importantly, and as recognised by Athena SWAN, it also ensures that everyone benefits from these developments.

Prof Linda King, Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Professor Linda King, Interim PVC Research and Knowledge Exchange (and Associate Dean RKE for the Faculty) at the time of submission commented: "This award recognises our commitment to developing and supporting women in science over many years, but importantly, and as recognised by Athena SWAN, it also ensures that everyone benefits from these developments. We must now set ourselves the challenge of going for Gold!"

The Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and PVC Professor June Girvin said: "This is a very well-deserved award for the Faculty. It is testament to the inclusive nature of our research strategy and the implementation of plans led by Professor Linda King. It is a proud day for us - Athena Swan Silver is a significant achievement."

The award will be presented at a ceremony held at the University of Greenwich in June.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine employment in academia. 

More information about the Faculty of Health and Life Science can be found on the dedicated web pages.