Three departments gain equality awards

Italian PhD student Anna standing in a lab in Biomedical Engineering

Three departments at Strathclyde have received UK-wide awards for their commitment to gender equality in higher education.

Bronze Athena SWAN awards have been made for the first time to the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering. Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has achieved its second Bronze award since 2013.

The Athena SWAN Charter and awards encourage and recognise commitment to gender equality in research and academia across the higher education spectrum. Awards have now been made to 11 individual departments, while the University as a whole holds a Bronze institutional award.

Strathclyde is one of 143 UK higher education and research institutions signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter. The charter is run by the Equality Challenge Unit, which works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions around the UK and in colleges in Scotland. 

Athena SWAN awards reflect commitment to equality in the representation and career progression of staff and students, as well as the culture of organisations.