Athena SWAN award for ISTM

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Posted on 27 September 2013

The Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine is delighted to have been awarded a Bronze Department Award from Athena SWAN.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia and was launched in June 2005.

To be eligible for an award, a Self-Assessment Team for each unit, led by an Athena SWAN Champion, had to submit a substantial report together with a detailed action plan. Of the 112 departments and universities who submitted across the country, 87 received an award. 

The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (application led by Dr Jane Richardson) was awarded a Silver Department Award. The School of Psychology (led by Dr Sue Sherman) and a joint application from the School of Medicine and Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine (led by Vanessa Hooper) were both awarded Bronze Department Awards.

The University Athena SWAN Support Officer Jo Lawton said: "This is such a positive outcome for Keele. To achieve an award, Schools really need to demonstrate that they understand the challenges that their staff and students face and commit to developing effective interventions to address these. The Schools will now action the strategic plans that they have created in order to achieve greater parity in their areas.  To renew or progress through the awards, Schools will need to report demonstrable improvements, year on year.  If you would like to help support the delivery of your School's strategic plan please contact your Athena SWAN Champion."

Co-chairs of the University Athena SWAN Steering Group, Professors Susan Bruce and Pat Bailey added: "pulling together the Athena SWAN submissions requires a huge amount of work, but most important is that gender equality is demonstrated to be a priority for the Schools and RIs. We're really delighted at the recent successes, and look forward to this rolling out across the whole University."