Double Athena SWAN award success

Two institutes from the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences have been recognised in the latest round of Athena SWAN awards – achieved by universities, research institutes and departments for their commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

The Institute of Infection and Global Health has received a Silver level award and the Institute of Learning and Teaching has renewed its Bronze level award.

In addition to the University’s institutional Bronze award, these latest awards bring a total of ten institutes and schools currently recognised by Athena SWAN:

Silver Awards

  • Institute of Psychology, Health & Society
  • Institute of Translational Medicine
  • Institute of Integrative Biology
  • Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease
  • Institute of Infection and Global Health

Bronze Awards

  • School of Physical Sciences
  • School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences
  • Institute of Learning and Teaching

In recent years the Institute of Infection and Global Health has employed a series of measures to ensure that its female staff and students are encouraged and supported in their career progression. These include a mentoring programme, leadership training and the implementation of a ‘Maternity Mentors’ initiative to support staff and students planning or returning from maternity leave.

Professor Matthew Baylis, who leads the Institute’s Athena SWAN team, said: “I am delighted that the changes being implemented in the Institute to encourage, support and promote women scientists have been recognised by this Silver award.”

Professor Sue Wray, the University’s academic Director of Athena SWAN, added: “It’s great to see that, once again, the hard work of our Institutes and their commitment to improving gender equality at the University has resulted in Athena SWAN awards.”

Read more about the Institute of Infection and Global Health’s Silver award success here.

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