The School of Natural and Computing Sciences currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award.
The 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.
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.
Within the School of Natural and Computing Sciences we are very much aware of gender imbalance, particularly within Computing Science (a national if not international issue), and of the low number of female academic staff. Having said that, we have seen progression of women into more senior academic positions in recent years and we will continue to improve our actions around recruitment, retention and progression for the benefit of all.
As Head of School I am committed to supporting the Athena SWAN initiative and thank all those within the School who worked on our recent successful submission (available below) and are contributing towards our Action Plan.
The University pages for Athena SWAN can be found here.
Professor Jan Skakle
Head of School
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