Successful Athena SWAN Bronze status renewal
The Department of Physics has had its Athena SWAN Bronze Award renewed in recognition of our continuing efforts in addressing gender equality and creating a more inclusive working environment. Dr Carol Trager Cowan and Gabrielle Weir represented the Department to collect the award at a ceremony in York on 24th June.
The Department has two groups to support staff and students: a women’s network (Women in Strathclyde Physics Association, or WiSPA), and the Equality, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group (EDEI), which organise events on equality and diversity issues, and social get-togethers to promote inclusion and cohesion.
Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.