Athena Silver Award

Civil & Environmental EngineeringAthena SWAN Silver Award

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering was the first engineering department in Scotland, and currently the only civil engineering department in the UK with an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

The original Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team was led by Dr Elsa João (Chair) and Dr Christine Switzer (Deputy Chair).

Dr Switzer assumed the position of Chair in June 2013. The Team members reflect a wide variety of experiences and engage with all staff and students to identify their experiences and understand the challenges. Membership in the Team rotates on an annual basis and includes staff and students.

In 2016, the Department successfully had its Athena SWAN Silver Award reconfirmed for a further 4 year period.

The Athena SWAN principles

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
  • It’s vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
  • Science can’t 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.

Silver Award summary

To be awarded the Athena SWAN, recipients must:

  • demonstrate particular challenges and plan activities for the future
  • demonstrate that action has been taken in response to previously identified challenges
  • demonstrate the impact of the actions implemented