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Three University Schools and Institutes have been recognised for their commitment to addressing the gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM).
The Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award, whilst the School of Engineering and the School of Physical Sciences each gained a Bronze award.
Athena SWAN is a national charter recognising commitment to women’s career development in science, engineering and technology (SET) subject areas.
Professor Ken Badcock, Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor for Science and Engineering and Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group, stated: “The three submissions each required detailed reflection, based on hard evidence, on how the progress of female staff and students is currently being inhibited, and action plans to reflect how the identified issues can be addressed.
“It is very pleasing that these efforts have been validated by Athena SWAN, and, together with the existing awards, they provide a basis for creating a more inclusive and supportive learning and working environment in two of our Faculties.”
The University has held a Bronze award since 2010, and is making good progress against its target of gaining Silver Institute/School level awards by 2015.
Recent developments that have helped to promote gender equality include; opening a Milk Expression Room in the Foundation Building; a new Parents Network; a network for Senior Female Academics; and the development of a mentoring system.
Professor Sue Wray, Director of Athena SWAN, added: “This is fantastic news for the University and really shows the team effort involved. In the last year alone, the University has launched a number of successful initiatives to help build an inclusive and supportive environment for our staff and students.
“We’ve also developed a brand new Family Friendly initiatives website, and appointed a new provider of the Children’s Centre with the hope of providing more flexible options. With these foundation steps in place, it is now time to build of this success.”
For more information, visit: https://www.liv.ac.uk/intranet/hr/diversity-equality/gender/athenaswan/
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