The University of Strathclyde has been commended by Athena Swan for employment practices that specifically further and support the careers of women. The University of Strathclyde became the only institution in the UK in August 2011 to gain a Bronze University award, recognising that the university has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.
The University of Strathclyde has been a signatory to the Athena Swan Charter since 2005 and has since been working towards achieving recognition under the Charter, by demonstrating how the University is allying its search for academic excellence with a concern for equal opportunity and inclusiveness across the institution.
The University is determined that good practice in areas which strengthen equality and fairness at work is shared and implemented across the whole institution, including SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) areas.
We have a range of policies in place to ensure that both women and men are appropriately supported in advancing their careers, and recent recruitment activities ensure that applicants are provided with information on family-friendly policies aimed at securing application from suitably qualified women.
The Athena Swan application process has been instrumental in raising awareness across the institution, and the engagement of staff at all levels in considering current and future practice. Our action plan identifies some challenging aspirations in areas of recruitment, retention and career development, which we intend to deliver within the next three years. Individual SET departments will take this work forward and begin to develop applications for Athena Swan Bronze and Silver Department awards in the coming years.
The awards were presented at a reception at the University of Nottingham on 4 October 2011, where the award was collected by Professor Susan Pyne, Professor of Molecular Signalling in SIPBS and Professor Iain Hunter, Dean, Faculty of Science. A report into the impact of Athena SWAN was launched at the event, and a new Athena SWAN patron was also announced.
Find out more about the successes of women researchers at Strathclyde University.