Athena SWAN at the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
As a university, we currently hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment (TDE) has also achieved a Bronze Award. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The Charter was launched in June 2005. Any higher education institution or publicly funded STEMM focused research institute which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership.
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:
The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
The Athena SWAN Bronze award recognises that in addition to University-wide policies, the faculty has identified particular challenges and is planning activities for the future. This includes:
an assessment of where the faculty is regarding gender equality in quantitative (staff and student data) and qualitative (policies, practices, systems and arrangements) terms, identifying both challenges and opportunities;
a plan that builds on the assessment, the activities that are already in place and what has been learnt from these; and
an organisational structure (the self assessment team) to carry proposed actions forward.