Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment awarded Athena SWAN Bronze

Monday, 08 May 2017

Athena SWAN Bronze award

Athena SWAN Bronze has been awarded to the Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University in recognition of their commitment to advancing gender equality, representation and career progression in STEMM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

Announced today by the Equality Challenge Unit, it is the second Faculty to gain an award. In 2015 the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences was awarded Silver status and in October 2016 Oxford Brookes’ retained its institutional Bronze Award.

The Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter was first established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in higher education and research employed in STEMM disciplines.  

A dedicated team has been progressing this important area of work, which involved collaboration with staff and students from across the University.  

We have made great progress in a number of disciplines, for example in our School of Architecture, and enhanced academic leadership programmes, mentoring and secondment opportunities, as well as putting a focus on staff development to ensure we are nurturing and growing our talent.

Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Responding to the announcement, Chair of the Faculty Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Professor Sean Wellington said: “This is fantastic news and a testament to the hard work of the team and colleagues from across the University.

“I would like to thank them all for their contribution to this successful outcome. We know we have much work still to do and look forward to furthering this success, taking forward the various next steps identified in our action plan.”

Paul Inman, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, said: “Typically the higher education sector as a whole suffers from low representation of women in STEMM disciplines. Our Faculty specialises in a number of these and they have tended to be male-dominated, so it has been very important for us to address this. The whole Faculty has engaged deeply with the Athena SWAN process so I am delighted to see this hard work recognised.

“We have made great progress in a number of disciplines, for example in our School of Architecture, and enhanced academic leadership programmes, mentoring and secondment opportunities, as well as putting a focus on staff development to ensure we are nurturing and growing our talent.

“This work is certainly not finished though and our aim is to continue to attract more women staff and students into these disciplines. I am fully committed to building on our momentum and excited by the prospect of seeing further positive changes in the coming months and years.”

The Faculty will be presented with their award at a ceremony in November.

You can find out more about the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment via their website.

More information about the ECU and Athena SWAN is available at http://www.ecu.ac.uk/